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You see, we're always imagining and visualising, the trick is how to harness this skill for personal and professional development. What do your desired futures look like? Can you see the end-game? Can your teams follow the vision?
When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.
In many work environments one of the key competencies managers and employees are expected to have is the ability to “deal with ambiguity.”
The single greatest determinant of high level success as an innovator or creator in any realm is the ability to manage and at times seek out sustained levels of uncertainty with a willingness to risk loss and exposure to criticism.
Employees who can manage ambiguity, are well placed to work effectively in large complex organisations that are subject to change or reform, making this a valuable skill for any individual and every organisation.
What if both yourself and the people you are responsible for were able to use the visual mind to more effectively visualise the desired end-game; use the imagination to sit with the discomfort of uncertainty for long enough to recalculate a more innovative path?
What if while you did all of this you were able to lower your blood pressure and stress levels and better understand other people while being better understood?
What if you could use this process of informal social learning to better develop more authentic working environments that were more adaptable and agile, more open to change - to the point where Change becomes the desirable option, an exciting position to lean into.
Truly, innovative and agile people use their imagination to solve problems. Have you used visual literacy to grow the potential of your people? Do you need to? New thinking is imagination at work and imagination is the key to navigating through disruptive, fast changing working environments and the only way to remain competitive. It’s also pleasurable, beguiling and thoroughly engaging. It satisfies a personal and professional need in us all, and that has to be good for business.
Australian businesses need to move forward as more innovative, productive, creative, solutions based cultures thriving as agile environments. The imagination and vision are fundamental requirements across all levels of the organisation in order to lean into this. How are you developing the imagination of your people and how well equipped are they to cope with uncertainty?
People don’t struggle with change… they struggle with ambiguity.