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Leadership Tips: Go Outside - It’s Good for Business

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Oh, the smell of fresh air. Living in the United States’ Pacific Northwest, it is very normal to go outside as much as possible – rain or shine – to our mountains, lakes, and trails. How often do you go outside?

While seeing the beautiful scenery is great for our standard of living, it turns out that going outside is good for business. It feeds our anthropological roots, and it fosters creativity. In the NPR segment, We’re Not Taking Enough Lunch Breaks. Why That’s Bad for Business, Kimberly Elsbach, a professor at the University of California, Davis Graduate School of Management, who studies workplace psychology, states "We know that creativity and innovation happen when people change their environment, and especially when they expose themselves to a nature-like environment, to a natural environment."

So, what is the easiest way to go outside? Take a walk. Research published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology found that walking anywhere prompts creativity, and researchers found that spending time outside also influences innovation. Making your next meeting a walking one could get the creative juices flowing before you know it.

This week’s tip is to go outside to honor Earth Day. Whether it is taking a short walk outside of your office or planning something else, don’t make excuses. Close your laptops and put the phones away.

It’s time to soak up the scenery – it is good for your business.


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