There’s a wonderful relationship between the artist and her studio. To the budding and the accomplished artist alike, the studio is an almost sacred place. A great deal of time and effort is put into creating the perfect environment in which to create masterpieces, or in business terms, work most effectively.
I think we can take an important lesson from this. I believe most companies could benefit from focusing more energy on the spaces in which they ask their people to work. I know that in my own office, I rarely get any work done when other people are in the office. If I really need to do something, I either come in earlier than everyone else or go to a client’s site. I also know when I’m at a client’s office, I achieve far more than when I’m surrounded by the distractions of my own open plan office.
To the artist it is obvious, without the perfect environment she cannot achieve perfection in her work. Why, then, do so many people in business think differently? Why do business people settle for acceptable working environments instead of pursuing perfection with the passion of an artist?