this painting go to http://www.ibiblio.
org/wm/paint/auth/hopper/street/hop-per.nighthawks.jpg). But the scene is not
a great representation of what managers
face in their jobs. In this painting, three
people are seated at a diner counter with
hardly an object to be seen. The artist
has reduced the depiction to a minimalist vision that is not found in reality. All
complexities have been removed. Our
worlds are more accurately reflected by
the work of Marc Chagall with things and
people seeming to be swirling all around
us. (To see an example of the paintings of
this artist go to http://www.moma.org/
The goal of a manager is to create sys-
tems out of chaos. Many improvements
can be determined through brainstorming
sessions at the office and, in many cases,
employees on the front line can provide
valuable input as to the way things oper-
ate and should function. But if you want
to change the world, your next move
might just be to plan a trip to the Nation-
al Gallery of Art.
1Lohr S. “The Yin and Yang of Corporate Inno-
vation.” The New York Times. Sunday
Business, January 29, 2012, page 3.
Mark Lerner is the director of diagnostic imaging at
the George Washington University Hospital. He can
be reached at Mark.Lerner@gwu-hospital.com.