Starting the New Year off with a bang, I was responding to a LinkedIn invite and up popped their algorithmic list of possible people I might also know. Perusing the extensive list I saw many people from my old workplace design life and suddenly realized how far away I had traveled from them and it. But the greatest distance between us is a philosophical one.
The point of departure is around what is the best kind of physical work environment. Continue reading
Great article! Everyone in any group, whether big or small, or whether they lead it or not needs to read this article, in full! – CAL
Every Leader Needs a Challenger in Chief – Noreena Hertz – Harvard Business Review.
“We are drawn to those who echo what it is we already believe. We get a dopamine rush when we are presented with confirming data similar to what we get when we eat chocolate or fall in love. On Facebook we defriend those with different political views to our own. On Twitter we follow people just like us.
Yet a vast body of research now points to the import of contemplating diverse, dissenting views. Not just in terms of making us more rounded individuals but in terms of making us smarter decision-makers.
Dissent, it turns out, has a significant value.”
What if you could do work as circumstances deemed, not as rules demanded?
If you are doing professional work, there will always be differences of opinion. A person may suggest another way for a project to develop for variety of reasons.
- The person has experiences which inform the suggested other action as a better or different one
- The person sees something amiss and suggests the other action to prevent a bad outcome
- The person sees another outcome, different from the expected, as preferred
In all cases the person should be listened to and the difference discussed. Experience is always a good teacher. Bigger or better outcomes than those first planned or expected most often occur from listening to others’ advice and points of view. Intelligence and continuous learning are skills of professionalism. Continue reading
K is for Kaleidoscope
What if you could break the world into tiny little pieces
and put it back together again?
I was visiting The Getty Center Museum in Los Angeles, touring through the Impressionists section. When museums are busy, people politely form a self-organized approach to viewing the art. Orderly and without instruction, they move around the room in a clock-wise manner, at least for Western audiences. They will pause in front of each painting for a period of time, the length determined, unspoken, by how large the crowd is and what the group intuitively deems as the polite amount of lingering time, before moving on and letting the next person have a turn.
This day there was a moderate crowd, so people were moving at a fairly slow pace, but not slow enough to be able to stop and really study the art. I usually make a point of seeking out Impressionist works in each museum and, moving along, I was delighted to encounter one of my favorite artists, Claude Monet, and his “The Portal of Rouen Cathedral in Morning Light”, 1894, see inset. Continue reading