In the optical illusion to the left, do you see an older woman? Or do you see a younger woman? I love optical illusions like this one! When I was in elementary school, I checked out all of the optical illusion books from the public library and spent hours fascinated by the changing pictures. It felt like the pictures were “magical” -- just by looking from different perspectives, new and different images appeared. My partner, Karen, and I definitely bring different perspectives to our business (and to our friendship!). Last week, to finish up the end-of-the-year financial tasks, we scheduled a meeting for yesterday, MLK Day. A few hours later, Karen called me with concerns about meeting on Monday. I too had concerns about the meeting, but quickly discovered we were coming from two very different perspectives. Karen shared that the bank would be closed because of the holiday, so we would not be able to complete our banking tasks. I (on the other hand) was concerned because the weather forecaster said that it was going to rain on Monday, and I didn’t want to get my Converse tennis shoes wet. Yep … I was concerned about my tennis shoes while Karen was concerned about the bank closing. No judgement, please … I know her concern was more valid and important for completion of our to-do list, but the story illustrates that we approach things very differently. And these different perspectives help us to more creatively solve problems and develop new ideas. Work to see the different perspectives in your business and personal life. Hopefully, you have a “Karen” like I do, but if not, give yourself some extra time to think about things from a different perspective. etc Strategies believes that looking at tasks or problems from different perspectives can help develop new and creative solutions, approaches and ideas… and maybe even be a little “magical”!