Change your perspective

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“Just when you think you know something, you have to look at in another way. Even though it may seem silly or wrong, you must try.” – John Keating in Dead Poet’s Society

I am a runner and have competed in 17 half marathons. These require many long training runs. My favorite training run is at a park near my house that has a five-mile trail through the woods. I have been on this trail about 50 times.  I always run it in the same direction. I know every stump, branch and rock on this trail. I know how long it takes me to complete and exactly where in my playlist I will be upon completion. 

This past week I decided to run it in the opposite direction. It was a completely different experience for me.  I saw things I had never noticed before. Everything looked different and I could not get my bearings. I even came across the overlook included in the picture above. This was the same trail I had been on so many times before. I had passed that overlook each time – but never noticed it. Just by looking at the trail in another way, I had a completely different experience and perspective.

This got me thinking about work. How often do we follow the same path?  How often are we missing these amazing views because we have simply overlooked them?  How do we challenge ourselves to look at things from a different perspective?  As leaders, how can you inspire your teams to look at things in another way to see what treasures might result? What might you be missing by continuing to do things the way they have always been done and not consider alternatives?

PerspectiveKaren Eber