28 Jul Fresh Perspective

A fresh perspective changes how we look at a situation.

Problems become opportunities.

New York Times article “How Walking in Nature Changes the Brain” by Gretchen Reynolds, offers one way to get a fresh perspective, with proof that it works.

The Creativity Crisis. Reinventing Science to Unleash Possibility by Roberta Ness demonstrates why we need a fresh perspective. The conflict between creativity and caution has tipped so far towards caution that what we think is innovation is merely tinkering.

In the New York Times Sunday Review section, Albert Brooks writes: “We Need Optimists” in the context of presidential politics. The New York Times published our comment, which we reprint here:

Professional athletes strive to visualize winning shots instead of the losers for a reason: It works.
When we are focused on the problems, we are at best cautious and at worst, complicating an already complex system.
We should be discovering common interests instead of more reasons to argue and hate.
The artist who faces a blank canvas or piece of paper and sees nothing but problems is an artist with a creative block.
That’s where we are.
In this context, leaders with the hope and competence of an artist (the trained and/or practiced artisan who knows how to realize their vision) would be a welcome relief.

A fresh perspective is a place where teams and their leaders will see opportunities they didn’t see before.