Updated: May 13
Don't be held back by doubt when you are in a new situation. You have something very special to contribute with your "fresh eyes", a perspective that even the most engaged practitioner loses when familiarity sets in.
I am always curious about a person’s perspective and experiences when they start something new. I would often ask their point of view about how they saw the environment and have never been disappointed by their insights! They had something I called “fresh eyes”, something, even the most engaged practitioner loses when familiarity sets in.
The collection of these new experiences shared by those with fresh eyes were invaluable in creating new ideas, developing solutions and improving the ways of working. Yes! Amazing opportunities caught!
Starting something new often fills us with exhilaration – because it taps on our desire to reach for something we want. At the same time, there can be doubts about if one can contribute quickly.
After all, we have not learnt the ropes. In a new environment, it is normal to follow an established route. The small voice in heads whispers, “What could I possibly contribute as I am so new?” or “Why not keep quiet and just follow, after all, it is proven to work?” or “Why offer something new when the current is not broken?”
The Culture of Innovation is highly desired by many companies. Here, a pair of fresh eyes often comes handy. I have seen how new players add invaluable insights by just daring to speak up and share. Their openness and confidence to share their point of view often lead to an expansion of mindsets. A spark can turn into a fire if caught. It is not always the new perspective that makes the change, but it often functions like a catalyst that sparks for light. Someone else in the group may leverage on this spark and build on this new input. Something new and improved emerges!
Fresh eyes have the capacity to introduce powerful ideas simply because they are not yet shaped by the comfort of a tried and tested.
Often, it works best hand-in-hand with more open and experienced team players. The opportunity here is to share those insights compellingly but not be too hung up on it. The art is in its balance. On one hand, a lot of respect and reverence of knowing that the value of new perspectives is incomplete without experience. Sometimes, ideas seem great only to realize its loopholes upon execution. On the other hand, recognizing that the “door gift” of any new experience is a pair of fresh eyes.
When you are in a new situation, put on those fresh eyes and share with the world what you see.
Go ahead, Make a difference.
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