The unapologetic, raw, unedited interpretation of living life. Each of us is the artist of our own life, constantly remolding, reworking, and roughing out the details and applying what we've learned to the changing canvas. There are no do-overs, no take backs...just rough cuts that release what lies inside us.

I saw the angel in stone and I carved until I set him free. - Michelangelo

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Frame your Work

After a couple months of blogging and discussing what makes up art and what things influence my own art, I am realizing that I have left out a significant element: the frame!  Frame (and framework...we will toggle between the two frequently) provides the context, the outer limits to your work.  Now, I know that if you are creating in a two-dimensional world, this makes perfect sense a flat canvas would need a border to mark the edge of the painting. So a frame is functional, it provides the edge and it transforms your work from a canvas to something people want to hang on a wall.  Aesthetics and functionality.  But what about frames as they deal with the three-dimensional world we actually live in?

Functionality of a frame
A frame allows us to determine the edge, the borders, the outer limits.  As an Artistic Leader, we call these boundaries and we set them for several reasons: to establish order to our workplace, home, or social groups.  This prevents us from being taken advantage of, us taking advantage of others, and to set a values system by which everyone will abide.  While we all function within the boundaries of the relationship, we are able to work and co-exist in harmony.  When those boundaries are tested, it causes stress.  As parents, we place boundaries on lots of things in order to protect our kids from harm; we set rules for them to develop self-control and self-reliance.

If you created a frame around your leadership, how would it look?  How would it affect your interaction with your followers or the people you lead?  Would you see a reduction in stressful relationships?

Aesthetics of a frame
Frames also create a piece of art that is pleasing to have hanging on your wall.  I take this opportunity to acknowledge that many pieces of modern art do not have frames but are in some other way hung, shaped, or placed in space that is otherwise aesthetically pleasing.  Defining your Leadership "in space" would translate to mean your leadership has presence. When you encounter other people, based on your interactions with them, they are easily able to determine the characteristics or your "DNA".  The more clearly this is defined by you, the more likely you are to live it outwardly.  Think of it like this:  You know where your yard is because you live there, you mow it, you see it everyday and it's yours.  But to help others see it, to enhance the appearance of your yard, you might be inclined to put a fence around it.  There would be no doubt about where YOUR yard ends.

Can other people SEE your Leadership?  Do people know where they stand with you? 

I am challenged by this daily, not only as a parent, but as a person.  I think if we are honest with ourselves we could see some area where we could use at least a small white picket fence.

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