A few weeks ago I wrote a post about how spending a weekend with my books inspired my work strongly (in my case were books about India and understanding Indian culture better...don't know how I ended up learning Jana Gana Mana...maybe cause Tagore wrote the lyrics)...anyway as I work with Indian colleagues I find this pretty helpful and very interesting.
So my point today: if you want to add some flavor to your job, understand your business better, perform better and finally be pleased with what you learned and also happier then here are some sources to be considered:
- culture: pick a colleague, see where he's from and learn about his or hers culture. Not only you'll understand him better but you'll also have some topics to discuss (also your interest may honor him and make him happy :-)))))...and you'll be smarter, etc etc
- what kind of job roles do your colleagues have? Find our more about them. It doesn't have to be a well planned job rotation. Just ask some questions here and there; it should give you a better understanding on processes, on the problems they are facing and how these could impact your work, etc etc. And this may also give you some ideas on how to improve your work or see it from a different perspective (we are not the center of the universe after all :-))
- check the news and some reports from market intelligence, knowing what the competition does really help in terms of finding ideas and knowing how to fight back
- if you still look for unique ways on how to solve problems check other industries, other countries, other economies. There are lessons to be learned everywhere! Ideas also!