This is a continuing series of blog posts about what's on your office wall that gives you inspiration or encouragement. The original post, where I shared my office wall, is here: original post
And you can email me a picture of your wall with a short synopsis of what's there and why it matters to:
whatsonyourofficewall at gmail dot com.
Joe sent over a number of items that inspire and motivate him. He says:
When I need a boost in the midst of the daily grind, I think you will appreciate the progression of my "walls" too ...
- The picture "office wall 1 - the quagmire of my day job.jpg" is what I deal with morning, noon, and night: two computer screens, a couple of cell phones, etc, which when it starts to overwhelm me and blind me, I simply rotate my chair to the right and look up ...
- The picture "office wall 2 - where i look to gain perspective.jpg" is where I gain perspective, freedom of thought, and clear the clutter of my mind - or think freely. Here you see that my office overlooks Lake Michigan, a glimpse of the architectural genius of the Milwaukee Art Museum, Discovery World, Lakefront pedestrian traffic, Lakefront vehicle traffic, ETC., and then when I am ready, I continue to rotate to the right where I have on my office wall ...
- The picture "office wall 3 - where i look to gain an approach.jpg" which is a print out of "Things to ask in any business review", which I think I pulled from Harvard Business Online, and takes me back to "what is the end goal here", "what are we doing differently", "how is this executing on our strategy", and "what would i do with this if I were a VC"
So in conclusion:
1. I have the perfect office wall for me to gain inspiration and perspective and I am fortunate that my office came with it: what I see outside my window, which can get even cooler (no pun intended) as depicted in my "bonus pic" to you.
2. While it may be a little too tactical, I have three "walls" that progressively get me through my "day job"
Joe is lucky enough to have a window that looks out over Lake Michigan, so he can be forgiven for his lack of photos or cartoons.
And, for further inspiration, the questions to ask about your business from HBR: