Sketchbook: Seeing From Different Directions


Organizational leaders are increasingly realizing — and Connect the Grey is built on the idea — that art is more than just a nice wall hanging; it encompasses creative problem-solving approaches that fuel innovation and growth. But just having art in an environment has an impact, too: As Forbes contributor Drew Hendricks wrote in a 2015 post, "Displaying artwork in the workplace does more than make the office more aesthetically pleasing or impress visitors; it can actually increase employee efficiency, productivity, and creativity." 

Making time to see and reflect on art as a team helps keep us motivated and stimulated — and we can inspire one another with our own creativity. Here's what Business Development Manager Pam Coughlan had to say about Direction, her favorite photo from our featured artist and CEO Janie Hanson: 

I've always been drawn to that picture. I love to travel, I've been many places, but there are still many places I want to go.  

There are many things out there to explore, and to enhance our personal and professional development. Some paths are chosen, and some are unexpected but are based on the choices we've made in the past. 

Everyone looks at art differently. Creativity allows you to expand your perspective and see things from different angles. The arrows pointing in different directions represent, to me, the approaches you can take to a problem or the directions you can take in your life and career. 

What does this piece make you think of? What ideas and emotions are sparked by the art in your physical environment?