What Do the Eiffel Tower, Claude Monet and Executive Growth Have in Common?

What do the Eiffel Tower, Claude Monet and executive growth have in common?

The simple, surface answer is Paris.

Yes, I recently traveled to Paris, saw the Eiffel Tower, visited Monet’s gardens at Giverny, and led a global retreat for executive growth.

With a little bit more information, you can see that there’s a deeper, more significant connection.

In Paris I learned that the Impressionist Movement was not embraced as a new way of seeing and representing the world in art. Impressionist artists like Monet had to display their work in alternative spaces because it was rejected by traditional artists intent on preserving the rules for painting.

In Paris I learned that the design of the Eiffel Tower, now an icon of the City of Lights, was so controversial that some of the most important artists and intellectuals of the time signed and published a petition against it. Some thought it wasn’t feasible; others objected to it on artistic grounds.

Paris, it turns out, provides the perfect backdrop for talking about resistance as it relates to executive growth and facing the future. How do you develop the skills to nurture forward thinking? How do you overcome resistance—in yourself and others—to new ideas that have the power to disrupt industries? How do you inspire teams to see opportunity and innovate new solutions? How do you expand your network to create access to more diverse perspectives and markets?

So what do the Eiffel Tower, Claude Monet and executive growth have in common?

Vision. The power of vision to overcome resistance, push the boundaries of the known and the comfortable, to create the icons of tomorrow.

Do you and your team feel ready to face the future? If not, contact us today to schedule an executive growth retreat for your next corporate or association event.

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