Posts Tagged ‘the bell’

New tunes from old instruments?

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

I visited a pub in Ticehurst called the Bell.  Imagine my surprise when I visited the loo to discover water music here has nothing to do with Handel!  They have converted, or should I say recycled, 3 old French horns into urinals!  They have used old hats as lamp shades and turned a pile of books into a pillar.  Looking at something and seeing a whole new use for it is quite a skill.  This applies in all aspects of life, especially work.  How could this person’s skills be better used elsewhere in the business?  How could this set of competences be used make a different product?  How could a different market sector be approached with our skill-set or products?

Sometimes Change is just about a new way of looking at something old.  There was a very good TV show called Whose line is it anyway, which gave a set of comedians a variety of objects, such as a traffic cones,  and they had to come up with all sorts of silly uses for them.  This kind of silly, playful exploration can be just the right way to explore the limitations which you have placed on yourselves.

“What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.”  TS Elliot