My son and I recently visited the Art and History Museum in Geneva, Switzerland. It is the largest museum in Geneva is veritable catalog of western culture with over one million pieces in its collection organized in three different wings. We spent about three hours viewing the works of art and reflecting on the history they represent. It was a great way to spend a Saturday morning.
Toward the end of our tour, we came into a large gallery filled will very large, beautiful paintings in ornately carved frames. I spent a great deal of time viewing the paintings and was about to leave the room when I realized the frames were works of art themselves. They could have taken as long to make as the paintings.
The next thing I realized was how important the frame was to the overall effect. Without the frame, the picture would just be a part of the wall, and not nearly as interesting. The frame draws our eyes to the painting and allows us to focus on the important while creating a boundary against the unimportant. This is an important concept for business as well.
In business, we have limited resources with which to use for innvation, problem solving, and other necessary functions. The act of “framing” a problem or opportunity allows us to focus on the important issues while making the unimportant fade into the background. This skill is critical if you want to rapidly improve individual and organizational performance.
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