Friday, May 27, 2011

How is your hinterland?

The idea of a “hinterland” was the subject of an article by columnist Kathleen Noonan in my weekend newpaper recently. This is part of what she had to say . . .

“The Italians call it retroterra. To me it is the broad deep paddock of ideas, learning and influences that makes us who we are and informs our lives. It's our hinterland.
How's your hinterland? Are you planting it well, ploughing in the fertiliser, making sure the mental topsoil is deep? Or has it gone to weed?

Hinterland is all to do with intellectual pursuits outside your job or career. It refers to someone's depth and breadth of knowledge of other matters, especially of cultural, academic, artistic, literary and scientific pursuits.”

So do you have a hinterland or are you a one dimensional leader who is all work and no life? Creating an engaging workforce is all about growing relationships between leaders and their teams. It is very difficult to have a relationship with someone who has no interests outside of work. If that doesn’t convince you, look at it this way . . . knowing what is going on in the wider world can help you to make better decisions in your working world. Much of the philosophy we use in business comes from other worlds whether they are academic, artistic or historic. Each “world” helps to fertilise the others with new perspectives.

If you feel like your hinterland has gone to seed, then do something about it. Read a book, attend a seminar, visit a museum. For inspiration go back to those subject areas that interested you when you were younger, perhaps even the alternative career you didn’t pursue.

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