"Life, unlike a chessboard, is not always black or white."
If you find yourself in a stalemate situation in which you do not see any useful move, it is time to stop. It is time to take a breath and look at things from a distance.
Stalemate + Distance = Clarity
The second important thing that can help you get out of a stalemate situation is to simplify things. This means crossing out the many dead ends or impossible moves and staying with fewer of them.
One of the major reasons for creating stalemate situations maybe that too many options are being considered and that you are trying to protect the interests of too many stakeholders.
Chaos + Urgency = Disaster
And the last way out of a stalemate situation is to realize which team you play for. You are probably a member of many teams apart from the one you lead. Subconsciously, you probably want to protect the interests of all teams as much as possible. But when they contradict each other, decide which team is most important to you at the moment. This will almost automatically give you clarity. And hence the impulse to get out of the stalemate.
Limit your options to increase your clarity.
The way to increase clarity is by remembering the values and priorities that are important to you and drive you right now. If it is more important for you to create a sustainable team at the moment - you will act in one way. If it is more important for you to achieve results quickly you will act differently. It is very tempting to say that it is very important for you to have both a stable team and to achieve quick results. But this is only possible if you add time. If you do not have time, choose between different priorities.
After this point, it will be much easier for you to take adequate action and move forward. If you still do not have clarity, i.e. there is chaos, then adding action will only result in disaster. But if you have clarity and add urgency, you will get the ball rolling.
Clarity + Urgency = Action