New Perspectives

A professor told the following story:

He’d been wearing this particular tie for many months — perhaps years — and one day he pulled out a different shirt, by necessity, put on his tie and headed out the door. When he got to the office he had not one, not two, but a number of people compliment the tie. Yes…this was the same tie that he’d been wearing for quite a while. The only difference is that he wore a different shirt.

That day he taught me a lesson: a new perspective can make all the difference to truly highlight a pre-existing truth.

It may be a tie; it may be a new website or book cover; or it may be the method I’ve been trying to communicate a particular idea to a teammate.

I learned many things from that professor, but one thing is that the concept may be perfect — it does not need to be changed — although it’s the perspective that may need to be replaced with a new shirt.

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Published by Jeff Beaumont

I love helping companies scale and grow their organizations to delight customers and employees, enabling healthy teams, fast growth, and fewer headaches. Scaling quickly is wrought with potholes and plot twists. When you’re running a company, losing customers, and employees are on their way out, and don’t have your systems running smoothly, then you’ll be at your wits' end. I've been there and hate it.

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