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Art helps employees better understand their colleagues

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Employees of Mercedes-Benz Financial Services are tapping their inner art critics to better understand their co-workers.

In partnership with the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Farmington Hills, Mich.-based company is exposing workers to the work of artistic masters from different continents and different centuries in a setting where they can express their views on the artwork—and learn about their colleagues.

In small-group settings, employees are asked what they see in a piece of art. Someone who offers an observation is pressed for supporting evidence with the question, “What do you see that makes you say that?”

Called “Visual Thinking Strategies,” this open-ended, inquiry-based conversation gives each employee in the room some insight about the intellectual and cultural frames of reference that influence their colleagues’ points of view.

The sessions use art to help em­­ployees build skills in observation and attention to details; communication and understanding; and creative and collaborative problem-solving.

Contact: Jack Ferry of Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, (248) 991-6610.

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