This past week I was back in my hometown celebrating my father’s (and his identical twin’s) 85th birthday. It was an amazing weekend celebrating two incredibly revered and respected men, and a tremendously happy occasion. As I was walking my 4-legged niece through my childhood neighborhood one morning, I needed to cross the street to avoid the sprinklers. I had not walked on the other side of the street in probably 20+ years!
What a change in perspective. It gave me pause. Houses which I had grown up around for over 50 years looked different to me. Flowers, trees, and foliage took on different shapes and shadows. It was simply fabulous – and oddly a bit unsettling.
The one key insight I took from my ah-ha moment this week was simply this: by simply changing our position – literally and figuratively – we open our eyes and minds to see thing differently. Sure – we all know this and many think they do it already; yet, what I observed about myself was until I actually changed my location, I didn’t really get it. The same is true relative to our mindset and entertaining another person’s opinion; we have to be in it to really see it. This is not rocket science by any stretch, but a truism just the same and bears remembering.
How often do we get into a rut of seeing things from the same point of view, perspective, and set of lenses just based on where we are at the time? What can we gain by shifting – even just a little – to see things from the other side? What would happen if we stopped selling the way we want to sell and position what we are selling the way the buyer wants to buy? What would happen if we genuinely tried to put our feet in the other person’s shoes in a negotiation?
What insights do you have to share? When have you tried to see and feel things from another perspective and been the beneficiary from such an experience? We would love to hear your thoughts and wise words!