Andrew Miller, a member of a Harvard Business School Alumni Forum in Toronto, shares two cartoons and his interpretation of how they explain the benefits of forum.
In the first Far Side cartoon by Gary Larson, an artist’s vision is obstructed and distorted by a fly on his glasses. The forum reading: My peer support group helps me identify underlying assumptions, beliefs, and biases that color my vision and distort my perception of reality. The forum doesn’t help so much with the technical, fine details of how I do my work or live my life; it doesn’t tell me how to use paint or a brush to create my masterpiece, but at a deeper level, the forum helps open my eyes to new perspectives and possibilities and brings greater clarity to my thinking.
In Gary Larson’s second cartoon, an airline pilot is surprised to see a goat way up high in a cloud bank. The forum view: Sometimes I get so wrapped up in an issue that I lose perspective – it becomes overwhelming with emotions and information and ideas whirling around. It’s easy in a busy life to get spun around and lose sense of direction. Forum helps me get my bearings – gets my head up and over the clouds to see things more clearly. Forum helps me see my path and chart my course with greater clarity. Forum discussions help me from crashing and burning.