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What Does it Mean to 'Love' at Work?

What?? Seriously?? We can 'Love' our work, 'Love' what we do. But, we can't Love AT work! Loving our work and loving what we do are internally focused emotional constructs. These statements show how we feel inside. 

However, expressing and practicing Love at work is externally-focused. I'm not talking about romantic love here, but I am talking about love that connects us as humans. Love and connection, like water, air and food, are critically important for survival; we die without it. How do we develop, build and express Love in the workplace and what are possible results?Read More


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Are you developing High-Concept Strategies and Programs?


The April issue of Outdoor Photographer has a wonderful article on developing a High-Concept image. Such an image is defined by author Ian Plant as an image that goes beyond the literal interpretation of your subject - "the difference between merely documenting your subjects and telling a compelling story."Winter day at Split Rock

As Ian also says, "it's about going from 'meh' to 'wow'!" An example of low and high-concept images are to the right. I've been to Split Rock Lighthouse on countless occassions and have taken solid photographs from various spots. You've probably seen one like the top photo. However, the second photo puts the lighthouse in a completely different light (pun intended).

Reading this article got me to thinking about how business people can develop high-concept strategies, programs and work.

Ian Plant elaborates on this topic by saying high-concept images are, "an exercise in finding 'convergances', those moments when two or more elements come together in an interesting, meaningful and artistically relevant way."

Split Rock Special Sunrise

When truly quality work is created, don't we meld together multiple elements in ways that make something really special for our stakeholders? Isn't that when customers become advocates? Brands become special?

Don't get me wrong. Low-concept work is needed and does a solid job most of the time. It creates solid results.

However, what would the impact be of you creating high-impact work? Or be a high-concept leader? How have you done it before? I'm interested in your stories.

 

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