A conversation recently took an interesting turn when it came to a space that had just been remodeled. And by remodeled, it was really only a change in the flooring. The interesting thing about this change was the amount of discussion it generated. For some, the focus was on the floor – by going to a lighter color, the room seemed larger. For others there was discussion about the clash of colors with the existing furniture and the new flooring. Depending upon the perspective, people either really liked the change or really didn’t. It was all a matter of perspective.
Situations like this take place in business every day, only the stakes are much higher. Depending upon the perspective of the people, differences in perspective if not discussed can create conflict in an organization. Creating an environment where people can openly discuss their perspectives can lead to creative and innovative growth in the organization. Is your company culture supportive of discussions about perspectives?