Is there a situation in your life or work that you’d like to see more clearly?
In leadership circles, a popular concept is the view from 10,000 feet. Instead of focusing on the details, this is the big picture perspective.
From 10,000 feet, we can see things in their entirety. This broad overview may reveal patterns, trends, and movements that are not apparent in the particulars.
If you are pondering a question and a close-up examination of details has not given much insight, step back and take a larger vantage point where you can see the whole picture.
From the larger view, we may see that things are not always as they appear.
Here’s a video called Zoom based on a book of the same name by Istvan Banhyai.
See what you think.
Questions of the Month
What is your typical vantage point?
What happens if you step back?
What’s more clear when you zoom out?
Practice of the Month
Take a moment–right now–to look up from your computer or device. Notice what you can see in the distance. You may look across the room, out the window, or down the street.
See how far you can see and what is in your field of vision. Take a few moments to take in the whole scene.
What words describe what you see? What does it feel like to shift your focus?
Why? Our habits tend to have us notice the same things in the same way. Bringing attention to a larger perspective may promote ways of seeing ourselves, others, and the environment in a fresh way.
Local Event Shout-Outs
New Choices: Not Your Parents’ Retirement:
A Learning Series Workshop sponsored by WOSU Next Avenue CBus. May 5, 2016 at The Fawcett Center. For more info: Virginia.Macali@WOSU.org.
2016 Creativity Summit at the Columbus Museum of Art. April 7-9, 2016. For more info: CMOA