One of the biggest factors at play in human performance levels is the environment that the performance takes place in. We all know that ugly, boring places are hard to achieve greatness in.
But what do you include as being part of your ‘environment’?
The city you live in? The company you work for? Your family, friends? What you read online, watch on TV? Your culture, your education, your suburb, the music in the lift? The state of our planet?
The concept of our environment is far-reaching. It’s like the soup we swim in and where we do everything we do.
In other words, it’s a huge, important part of our lives in so many different levels.
When we look to make change, improvements, add value or solve problems, how often do we look to the environment and its multitude of layers? Not often enough I’d say.
Quite often the biggest impact can be achieved by improving the smallest things. Immense value can be achieved by fixing small problems and issues.
In the 4P’s Framework that Mel Rhodes developed in the ’60s, it is, therefore, no accident that one of the P’s is what he called the Press… the environment.
We all know it’s next to impossible to work in an office that is too hot too cold, grey and dull, filled with unpleasant people and so on. Yet when we are denying our creativity, how often do we stop to think that maybe if we did something about our environment, many things would change?
Creative agencies have playrooms, plants, bright colours and focus rooms for a reason. And it’s not that they are weirdos with too much money. It has been scientifically proven that not thinking too hard or too directly about an issue HELPS us find solutions. Once a problem lodges in our subconscious, we need to let go and let it work. If your environment is always on, always focused, always working hard, you will struggle to find creative solutions.
The idea of changing your work environment will add value to your proposition, whether you are an entrepreneur or work in a company. Great environments also add value to colleagues and staff, contributing to happiness, commitment and performance.
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