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It’s all about Perspective

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Sometimes you are forced to look at things in a different way. I took this photo and somehow my phone displayed it portrait instead of landscape. Phone disagreement: it happens more often at my age. But it created an unexpected perspective, and I saw things differently. It was by accident, but sometimes accidents are fortunate. It made me think.

How often do we create situations like this, where we force ourselves to look at things from a different perspective? In our busy lives, we want to tick things off, jump ahead, and get things done. An action bias is essential for successful people, and I’ll never discredit that. But it’s also why it is so hard to get into a mindset for transformation and regeneration. You can’t checklist yourself into a better future.

Action bias is good for situational problems. For systemic and strategic problems – i.e., transformational improvement – you need a different mindset.

Transformational improvement is about slowing down, reflecting, changing the setting, and looking at things in a different light. You use this behaviour when you problem-solve, brainstorm, innovate, make connections, or build relationships. It’s about asking questions and not stopping at the first answer.

For a strategy session, a change of scenery away from the phones works wonders. A proven, structured framework such as De Bono’s six thinking hats, or the DMAIC (Define-Measure-Analyse-Improve-Control) problem-solving framework provides deeper and richer answers. Letting conversation flow is a more effective interviewing technique than rigidly following the recruitment form.

For transformational improvement, rotate your pictures more often, see things in a different light, and open your perspective – even to vertical horizons.

About the author: Geerten Lengkeek is the Managing Director of Productivity People