Many thanks to my new friend – Lynda Frederick, MSPM, PMP – for agreeing to share this blog post with me (and you!). You can find Linda on LinkedIn at: www.linkedin.com/in/lyndafrederick
I love this true story about a couple named Dow and Nancy. Dow was busy working on his PhD and his wife Nancy helped out as his part time assistant and typist. Dow was doing research in the maritime industry, so the couple spent five months in Europe traveling to different port cities and studying ships, ports, and logistics.
On a rare day off Dow and Nancy decided to explore a maritime museum; they just couldn’t get enough ships! They came around a corner in the museum and saw a stained glass window that was a picture of… nothing! It was just blobs. After a brief glance, Dow said “That’s the ugliest thing I have ever seen!” and he proceeded on.
Nancy hung back and continued to look at the window. There was something intriguing about it and she wondered what message the artist could be trying to send. Suddenly, she saw it! It was as if she was standing above a koi pond looking down at fish. Instead of the silhouettes of fish that we draw as kids with an oval body and a triangle tail, the fish were beautiful blobs that gracefully overlapped each other. “Would you look at that!” Nancy called for Dow to come back to look at the window again.
Once Nancy pointed out the elusive koi, the couple stood for a few minutes taking in the beauty of the fish in the window. When they returned from their research trip, Dow and Nancy loved to tell the story of the fish window.
Here’s a challenge for you. What do you look at every day? What do you overlook every day? Where have you become complacent? I challenge you to look for something in a new way. Look for fish! Find something you can improve or refine or automate or clean up or simply make better. The fish are there, you just need to look for them.
Until your next trip to LisaLand…Happy Fishing!