New Eyes Needed for Your Best Work

To transform means to make a marked change in the form, nature, or appearance of  (Oxford Online Dictionary). If our goal is to transform ourselves, our work, our home, or anything, then something has to change.

Your best work sometimes requires something more dramatic, something transformational.

Change that transforms does not happen without being willing to see something new. You can’t transform your backyard into a lush garden if you don’t have a picture in your mind’s eye.

I’m not always very good at imagining, but I am good at taking pictures of gardens and plants I like. Searching for gardening websites or visiting botanical gardens to get ideas provides insight and gives life to my vision.

More importantly, I must be willing to overlook the current condition of my backyard and “see with new eyes” the possibilities of what can be. I must also understand the soil, lighting, moisture, and how much time I want to invest in maintaining this new lush garden of mine.

One simply cannot grow tropical plants that require shade and moisture in the broiling hot sun.

See the Transformation—But Know the Context

These same principles apply if we want to transform our personal habits or workplaces.

The sticking point that I often see in organizations is that leaders may know that something dramatic must change. They may even know and have a clear picture of what the change should look like.

What’s missing? Context—because we need to understand the system that exits now either by choice, by chance, or by inheritance.

Take the time to know and understand how things work now. When we look with new eyes, we enlarge our view to determine if we have fertile ground ready for something new.

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Four Questions for Seeing with New Eyes

Transformations, personal or organizational, will benefit and flourish with a bit of grit and openness. Dare to see your world from a new vantage point, but take the time to understand the ground around you. Ask some hard questions, such as:

  1. Are you ready to accept that the current systems and its processes are not getting you where you want to be? Harder still, are you ready to admit that something you designed is not working?
  2. Are you ready to address the possibility that the right people are not in key leadership positions?
  3. Are you ready to listen to know how other people see the work and how to improve?
  4. Are you willing to see the possibilities of improvement from a new perspective rather than trying to remake what doesn’t work? Remember—tropical plants won’t grow in full sun.

Are you ready? Share your thoughts, tweet or email.