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What lens are you looking through?

What lens are you looking through?
What lens are you looking through?

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After a three-day study trip with Dutch facility managers in London, our joint WhatsApp group keeps ringing. Mostly photos, giving a great impression of our visits to Barclays, Google, the Olympic Park, Borough Market and several good restaurants. When I look at the photos, it seems to me that everybody saw different things through his or her own lens. It is striking how these facility professionals, who happen to share a passion for photography, have captured different moments and details, sometimes from a totally different perspective.

As a professional you often work within your organisation based onfixed patterns of thinking, and you may be influenced by the organisation’s mindset. But it’s so valuable to have a peek in somebody else’s kitchen every now and then, and spar with peers facing similar challenges. The diversity of the photos shows that looking through a different lens and from different perspectives results in different images and insights. Photography teaches you to look differently. It is very valuable to be able to learn from each other.

And the photos keep coming in. I realise how rewarding and valuable it is to bring professionals (and photographers) together and make them connect. At Hospitality Group we organise courses and facilitate tightly-knit communities. Getting together, acquiring more in-depth knowledge, sharing knowledge and inspiring each other. During a series of deep dive sessions and a study trip we have a peek in each other’s kitchen and learn from experts and other professionals. Sparring with colleagues and helping each along gives us new energy. We start a dialogue, work on cases and apply each other’s knowledge and experience to topical issues. This results in new insights and makes the bigger picture clear. Alternative solutions come into view. Sparring with colleagues and helping each along gives us new energy.

How would you feel about looking at your professional challenges through somebody else’s lens and from a different perspective more often?