How adaptable are you as a leader? Have you ever tried to put yourself in your employees’s or client’s shoes and take their point of view? Do you incorporate their view into your leadership? Do you present their glasses through your communication? Could your inner voice be a valuable steering wheel?
Traditional managers in the Western world lead with the rational side of the brain.
Opening up for the creative part of the brain and your senses is an excellent way to complete excel spreadsheets in order to make the best decisions.
Get the Grip of Different Points of View
Have you ever felt that you are in the wrong place at the wrong time? Well, then you spotted your superpower that can help you put on other people’s glasses. Using all your senses and daring opening up for your intuition is an excellent managerial tool.
You might have to leave aside your rational mind for a while. Information transfers through our brain as a whole, both parts of the brain process valuable information. Next time you need to prepare for a meeting, be ready for a difficult conversation, make difficult decisions or announcing changes in the organisation, use your senses!
You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view – Harper Lee
An easy start is to simply take a while to put yourself into the other person’s position. What are the thoughts and feelings that come to your mind? Which arguments pops into your brain? How does your body react? Open your senses and get hold of valuable information.
What makes Superman a hero is not that he has power, but that he has the wisdom and the maturity to use the power wisely – Christopher Reeve
Using your senses is an excellent way to google your organisation and find out what is happening and which actions you need to undertake to bring the organisation forward.
Other Glasses Provides Better Solutions
Maximising the use of your senses will improve your leadership skills. It gives you the opportunity to reveal hidden dynamics in your company system. Opening up for new ways of getting information will transform the way you approach people and face future challenges.
The additional information provided by your senses gives you the opportunity to adapt your business strategy, your market positioning and the way you communicate. It gives you the possibility to have a customised attitude when you approach colleagues, suppliers and clients.
When you really listen to another person from their point of view, and reflect back to them that understanding, it’s like giving them emotional oxygen – Stephen Covey
All human beings and companies have the need to be visible, feel understood and get esteem. When you open your senses, you will get insights about the unconscious connections in the human systems that help you make critical decisions and further develop the organisation.
Open up for New Ways of Thinking
Do you find it difficult to put yourself into someone else’s position? Challenge yourself as a manager to widen your universe. Be radical, go to a conference outside your primary scope of interest. Are you technical? – go to HR events to learn more about people. Are you and HR responsible, go to an IT convention to mingle with future technology.
In the same way, make it a habit to attend conferences where your clients and suppliers participate. It increases your ability to make decisions based on a wider range of parameters. Your attendance will certainly make it easier writing a successful tender response.
It’s through curiosity and looking at opportunities in new ways that we’ve mapped our path. There’s always an opportunity to make a difference – Michael Dell
Putting on new glasses and opening your personal universe is an easy way to understand the wholeness of the market to broaden your business opportunities.
…and by the way, while you’re on to trying out other people´s glasses: take the time to go into your company’s point of view as well – it will provide you with valuable information to adapt your business strategy.
Good luck with diving into different views to make your organisation move forward!
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