What’s So Great About Perspective Anyway?
Perspective is one of those words that rarely gets the credit it deserves. Usually when we talk about it, we just think, “It’s my way of looking at things.”
Last night we started another Strategic Planning event that will run through Friday. And let me say that these events are having stellar results! By far the most powerful event I’ve ever done!
When I explain the event to someone, I say that we spend a great deal of time gaining perspective. That’s when they usually look at one of us with a confused look like, “You’re kidding. How much perspective could you possible need?”
To tell you the truth, for a long time I’ve taught and coached leaders and entrepreneurs by getting perspective on their business, and how they got to where they are. Then I would tell them exactly what they need to do and HOPE they do it.
And while I always received the greatest of testimonies, I wanted to dig much further in-depth. Why? Because I know what can be done when I completely pull the business apart, give “perspective” to the leadership, and put it back together with the most important things for them to focus on that NOBODY saw coming.
Which brings us to what we open every Strategic Planning event with: an Eastern cultural way of looking at things. Thus the funny pic above.
In our Western culture we have a fast way of solving problems. “Have a problem? Fix it!” We have a tendency to go straight to the problem and fix it right away.
Many Eastern cultures, however, have a different way of solving problems. They go towards the problem, and then spend a decent amount of time circling the problem gaining perspective through analysis and diagnostics.
In fact, they will circle the problem until they have the right amount of perspective to make a decision.
If you turn the diagram on it’s side, it’s a spiral upward to the point when the best decisions will be made.
When people come in, they always come with a set ideas of what’s wrong in their business. I usually set them aside because I understand that their beliefs are usually not their biggest issues. When they leave they say the event was way greater than they ever expected!
For years people have said to me, “How in the world did you figure that out about our business? How could you see that.” To which I say, “It’s easy. I’ve been doing this for a REALLY long time, and I’m not emotionally attached to your business.”
You see, our first step in EVERY Strategic Plan, Coaching session, or teaching, is to get perspective. Once we have it, we can not only fix just about anything, but see the HUGE opportunities being missed.
The last company that was here walked a way with a plan to increase their revenues THREE MILLION IN TWELVE MONTHS!! How? Simple. Three days of us ripping their business apart, finding those opportunities, finding the major problems that need to be addressed, and putting it all back together again with an ACTUAL working plan!
None of that could be done without that important word perspective. Are you ready to see what my team can do to explode your business? If so, click here and get started.