Most small business owners are looking to improve their problem-solving, analysis, and communication skills. Can this really be done by looking at works of art?
At this week’s The Small Business Radio Show, Amy Herman says art can be the key to improving business skills. She is a lawyer and art historian who uses works of art to sharpen her observation and communication skills. Looking closely at works of art helps people hone their visual intelligence to recognize the most relevant information and recognize the biases that impede decision-making. His second book is called Fixed: How to Perfect the Fine Art of Problem Solving. He has worked with a diverse group of companies in addition to the FBI, Army, and NBA officials to hone his skills.
Amy says that art can help us solve problems by taking people out of their world and making them look at things that they are not comfortable with. He adds that “I’m not teaching art as art, but I’m helping them rethink their sense of critical research and how to communicate more effectively. People make too many assumptions that everyone sees the same thing. But remember “I want them to say what they see before they interpret it. For example, in business, ask leaders first to talk about the problem before deciding what to do about it.”
Amy believes that her methodology works because in art “everyone sees something. You’re involving your brain in a different way that can help solve future problems. “
Unfortunately, Amy describes that many of us use pattern recognition and turn it into expectations patterns; “Just because you’ve seen something before doesn’t mean the same solution applies. I help them clean their lenses! “
Listen to the full interview with Amy on The Small Business Radio Show.
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Image: Amy Herman