“We all operate in two contrasting modes, which might be called open and closed. The open mode is more relaxed, more receptive, more exploratory, more democratic, more playful and more humorous. The closed mode is the tighter, more rigid, more hierarchical, more tunnel-visioned. Most people, unfortunately spend most of their time in the closed mode. Not that the closed mode cannot be helpful. If you are leaping a ravine, the moment of takeoff is a bad time for considering alternative strategies. When you charge the enemy machine-gun post, don’t waste energy trying to see the funny side of it. Do it in the “closed” mode. But the moment the action is over, try to return to the “open” mode—to open your mind again to all the feedback from our action that enables us to tell whether the action has been successful, or whether further action is need to improve on what we have done. In other words, we must return to the open mode, because in that mode we are the most aware, most receptive, most creative, and therefore at our most intelligent.” — John Cleese
My search for an appropriate quote for tonights post had me looking around for something that had a little bit to do with “playing at work” and “creating with friends.” An awesome combination when you can get that to happen!
Although the quote is not exactly what I was looking for, I still had to read it twice.
Love the “open” mode. John Cleese. Who new that such a funny man had such deep insight as well 🙂
Well, as I scurry about and finish packing for tomorrows trip across the country to do just that (play at work), I noticed this shot from last years event with the same team that I had yet to post. The Baltimore harbor is pretty cool actually. The shot is nothing epic, but kind of a cool view from the hotel we were at!
More to come this week…….
(hope my view is this good again!)