Where You Do It…MattersTue, 11/09/2010 - 12:21 — jonathan
HOW YOUR ENVIRONMENT MAKES A DIFFERENCE IN WHAT YOU DO.
I love working in Westchester County. There is an amazing mix of small, medium and large businesses here to work with. I meet hundreds of people who have a blend of the down to earth, outgoing, friendly and community minded spirit you find in the country, combined with the sophistication, ambition and resourcefulness we get from being in the New York City/Metropolitan area. I love being able to hop on a train or take a short drive to get to Manhattan, and it only takes 20 minutes or so to meet someone for lunch or a drink anywhere in Westchester County; from Armonk to Yonkers, Mamaroneck to Ossining, Tarrytown to Rye.
My heart has always been drawn to the Hudson River and I love living and working in this quaint village among the majestic river towns (from Hastings on-Hudson, through Irvington and Ardsley, up to Sleepy Hollow and Briarcliff Manor) I often ride my bike along the aqueduct that runs from Yonkers to Croton. But the most delicious experience is watching the sunset from Dobbs Ferry River Front Park.
I love my work environment. I consider myself lucky to enjoy working from my home in Dobbs Ferry. I have a terrific office set up with everything I need within reach. Sometimes I go to my bedroom or the living room or out on the deck (when it’s warm) to engage in a phone conversation, away from my business desk and totally focused on the person or people I’m speaking with. I’m in the kitchen for meals, water and an afternoon snack, and I otherwise don’t go in there or let anything distract me.
In addition to working from home, I have a terrific arrangement with a company called “Stark Business Solutions” that provides me with office space in Scarsdale, Mount Kisco, White Plains, East Harrison and Grand Central Plaza in mid-town Manhattan. The offices are beautifully designed with hardwoods and a gorgeous salt-water fish tank in the reception area. The space is comfortable and impressive without being ostentatious. The people who provide support there are top notch. It’s a great deal being able to use individual office space or conference rooms on a per-hour basis as needed.
How you surround yourself does matter. For some people it matters less than others, but I remember Thomas Leonard, the grandfather of the coaching industry, saying something along the lines of “if you alter your environment to support your success, your environment will alter you to be successful.”
What can you do to upgrade how your environment serves you? Or, what criteria do you need to list and organize if it’s time to find a new place to work or live?