Bear with me here; this is a new metaphor. Any of you who have ever attended a Toastmasters meeting will know what Glenn Ross (fellow AllBusiness.com blogger) is talking about. When he describes the place where his Austin club meets, it sounded very familiar to me:
The tables are set up in a horseshoe arrangement with the members
sitting on the outside. There’s a lectern about three feet from the
open end of the shoe and a space about three feet wide for the speakers
to move about in the horseshoe. Every speaker I’ve ever seen in that room either stayed behind the lectern or moved about within a radius of six feet of it.
But he goes on to tell about a visiting Toastmaster who, given an opportunity to speak impromptu for a minute or two, circled the room outside the horseshoe as he spoke. Whoa! It transfixed the audience and had a huge impact. Glenn’s take-away is this:
You should never be afraid to reexamine a paradigm…Sometimes the best way to do that is to seek input from “outside”.
And think outside the horseshoe.