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As much as I would like to credit my enhanced intellectual skills and problem-solving abilities when I’m tackling a new challenge, I’m finding more and more that my big-picture perspective helps me solve a challenge perplexing others.
What do I mean by “big-picture perspective”? When analyzing a situation or challenge, first looking at the entire end game...what are we trying to achieve? On projects it could be looking for key patterns that could inform a solution. On leadership issues it could be thinking through what is management truly looking for or measuring?
For my detail-oriented teammates this can be frustrating. I could be talking through a solution that seems immediately irrelevant. However in processing with others, I can explain this this vantage point but move into the details and even tactics fairly quickly to bring us all in alignment. Shortly the entire team is working very Steven Covey-like...with the end in mind.
Are you a big-picture thinker or someone who needs details to make a decision? As a leader, do you have a mix of broad-stroke visionaries and micro-oriented processors on your team? What happens if you have more than one than another. Are you the polar opposite of your team?
A balanced team can go a long way. The blending of both stances can help in taking on new projects or challenges and determining who tackles what first. Wouldn't you love your big-picture folks to set the stage, have your detail folks map the path and reach the end state faster? Contact me and we can quickly assess your style and talk about what the makeup of your team really looks like.