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15. Apr.

Reflection creates real and therefore efficient cooperation

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A team development in which patterns and core themes are addressed and solved.

“My management team does not really work together. For my department to be more successful, I need a top-performing troupe.”
On further inquiries, the divisional head of a group explains: “They are lone fighters. Everyone starts from his point of view. They all work well, they are top people, but when it comes to finding consensus where one or the other is said to be weak, there are conflicts and vanities that complicate daily processes. I’ve taken part in several development processes and workshops with them and they have helped with collaboration, but nothing hits the nail on the head. This lone attitude and the competitive thinking always lead to tensions and cost us time and money. We could be much more efficient if we approach each other differently and really work together.”

When is a management team really a team? What makes the difference between a collection of individuals and a team?
The quality of the connections to each other, the relationships. If they are superficial, the cooperation is also superficial. If they are binding, the cooperation is also binding. The way of dealing with each other shows the quality of relationships and vice versa. Missing interpersonal connections are usually compensated with a counterproductive hard gait and selfish behaviour. For a successful strategy and team building the relationship level must therefore be tackled:
– What does the management team stand for?
– Do the managers know each other?
– Do the managers know what strengths and weaknesses the others have?
– Can the managers empathize with the others?
– Is there a mutual level of understanding?
– Do the managers know what the others need or what they can handle only with difficulty?
– Do they treat each other with respect and appreciation?

All these questions are addressing the relationship processes and how they treat each other. By reflecting and answering such questions, one’s own personality development and interpersonal quality become visible. Obstacles, misunderstandings and tensions are illuminated honestly. What are the core topics? What repeats, what are the patterns in the collaboration of the team? All participants face the core issues that can be solved.

In the reflection process, the managers see where they are similar and where they are different. Suddenly one recognizes with respect to his colleague: “Now I understand why you block when I push! I always thought that you did not want to give me the information. It’s just the pressure that you dodge. We are different and approach our work in a completely different way.”

In order to achieve such “aha-experiences”, it requires protected development spaces and time to immerse in reflection processes. The different needs and intangible issues of how to get to work are made visible without assumed value. Due to the resulting clarity, the findings of these processes are transferred into everyday life. The quality of relationships is more genuine and therefore more binding in every respect.

The joint coordination and cooperation will improve efficiency in the long term. The managers develop appreciation for themselves and others. The reflected and thus clearer strategy-orientation causes everyone to strive towards the supra-personal goal. The new and stronger WE-feeling motivates to achieve top performance and pushes everyone forwards.

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This is a translation of the German blog article Reflexion schafft echte und somit effiziente Zusammenarbeit posted on January 28th 2013 by Christine Kranz

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8. Oct.

How Art contributes to Self-Knowledge

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Draw new knowledge for the business world by reflecting and contemplating art

With increasing pressure in the business world, the individual need for approaching the inner core grows. Inwardly directed questions arise: What is my uniqueness? What is important to me? What is the meaning of my doing? True self-knowledge offers fundamental answers to these questions. The gained inner clarity of a self-knowledge process releases energy for change and sustainable development. In this process, art can help. Artwork forms a unique platform to facilitate self-reflection without any detours. They invite the viewer to look beyond the limits of his or her thought and action patterns and to grant him/herself new space for development.

Art causes cultural change

We are surrounded by art and richly gifted with a variety of ways to experience it. Many companies recognize the importance of artwork beyond the material value and allow their employees to design their workplace with self-selected art. Art adds colour, vitality, movement, expression to the world and the workplace.

A huge selection of museums and public collections offers a wealth of creative works from many centuries. Artists have always shaped the spirit of the times and are an integral part in the development of civilization. Companies and people are also in constant cultural change. They need stimulating and strengthening influences, which open up forward-thinking options and enable holistic personality and corporate development.

Reflection work with paintings

Each type of art carries messages and triggers individual impulses. If art is applied for gaining insights the observer dives into his or her own inner world of images. Without even being artistically gifted, the observer takes on what is depicted and starts his/her own creative process. This happens in different ways, because the viewer relates his/her own life-experience to the artwork and therefore creates an individual relationship with it. The contemplation of art enlivens thoughts and feelings. In this process, every artwork becomes a newly created work, that never existed before and in exactly this one way is only perceptible for the observer.

Art in business

Using art is especially helpful in business since factual and analytical aspects are dominant in everyday work life. The imagery adds colour to black and white perspectives and highlights nuances. Observing art and reflection does not require an intellectual investigation of brushstrokes or art epochs. What is needed is an “open yourself up” attitude for new ideas. There should be no interpretation into the artwork or the artist because it is not about the assessment of this artwork. For the desired insights it is all about the artwork that has been created inside the observer. How does the image affect the observer? What thoughts are triggered by the symbols portrayed in the artwork? The associations stand in direct relation to the current situation of the observer. To follow the mental trails and transferring them into the current job context, immediately leads to new awareness and thus creates new actions and decision scopes. By reflecting artwork self-knowledge grows.

This is a translation of the German blog article Wie Kunst zur Selbsterkenntnis beiträgt posted on May 21th 2016 by Christine Kranz

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