I have a chair with an ottoman that was hardly ever used. It sat in the corner, functioning more as a holder of decorative pillows than a functional seat. It looked like this:

When my housemate needed to convalesce after surgery, the ottoman moved positions. Someone has sat in that chair every day since. It now looks like this:

A simple rotation made all the difference that was required to make the chair inviting. It never occurred to me that such a simple move would fix a problem I did not know I had, but once it was moved, it made perfect sense, and we’ll never move it back.

Like the ottoman, there are barriers in your organization that you don’t even realize exist. Solicit input from others to gain a new perspective on your world. What’s your organization’s “ottoman” and how can you address it today?

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