By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy
Here’s an idea to help you focus your thinking. Reading time: 1:56
The Siberian Tiger stares powerfully yet mysteriously on the wall directly in front of the CEO’s desk.
The limited edition print from Andy Warhol’s Endangered Species collection looks down on the CEO, a constant reminder to stay vigilant in order to survive in the jungle of today’s highly-competitive business terrain.
Yet a placid waterfall watercolor painting flows lazily from the wall immediately behind the CEO, a soothing scene that sprays a comforting mist– a salient solution visually situated–to cool down even the most hot-tempered or stressed visitors seated in the CEO’s office. All by design.
The most effective leaders exhibit an art for creating a more conducive environment to do business. And that often includes the collection and display of significant works of art.
Picture the environment in this CEOs office: Refreshing yet Reinforcing. Soothing yet Stringent. Peaceful yet Powerful.
Entering the office, the CEO sees and feels the soothing water fall. But then sitting behind her desk, the CEO looks up and is reminded of poet William Blake’s observation of The Tiger:
TIGER, tiger, burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?
The leadership lesson is clear: The Tiger is focused on gaining turf, on ruling the jungle just as the CEO must be focused on guarding and guiding the fortunes of the company through a vast array of competitive pressures. And that takes art – the art of leadership.
Practice your Art of leadership to keep your leadership thinking in mint condition.
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