The voyage of discovery

The Lovers by Rene Magritte

While doing a project for Organisational Analysis and Design (OAD) during my MBA, I came across this quote, which really resonated with me at the time, and since:

"The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes."

Marcel Proust

The big concept in OAD was that there is more than one way to look at or analyse a situation in an organisation. This OAD model used four frames (or perspectives) to analyse situations – human resources, structure, culture (symbolic), and political.

While it might sound pretty obvious, for me it helped me gain an insight where I suddenly saw the world in a whole new light. And it’s a concept that applies not only to management, but also to our personal lives.

Often we’re so stuck looking at a situation in our lives through our own jaded eyes, that we don’t see the alternatives, which are visible if we only we can step outside our current frame of reference.

Posted Thursday, February 8th, 2007 at 12:21 am
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