This time of year the use of “landscape” is often used figuratively for considering the present and future. What lies on the horizon? What dots the leadership landscape?
That’s not the way I’m using it. By landscape I mean the literal view of your surroundings.
I’m looking out the window of our new offices. I can see Denver 17 miles to the North, the Tech Center and the distant mountains. From my second floor office, the view is extraordinary.
My old office didn’t afford me such a view. Today I’m reminded how one’s literal view can inspire and elevate.
That doesn’t necessarily mean moving to a new office on a higher floor. How we furnish our offices or workspaces–with personal mementos, art, icons, etc.–can change our mindset. The choice of colors and finishes in our surroundings affect us as well.
I’ve long been an advocate of finding an inspiring thinking space. For me it is an area 20 minutes from my old office with a panoramic view of the Front Range. Sometimes we can create that space where we work, but sometimes we need to transport ourselves there.
As you think about the coming year, consider your leadership landscape. What can you do to simultaneously improve your view and your mindset?