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Seeing the Big Picture & Drilling Down, into the Details

by Rick Baker
On May 25, 2017

Strategic Thinking & Attention to Details: for a business leader, what's the right balance between these two things?

Some business leaders think they can soar around at 50,000 feet, never having to touch the ground let alone drill down into details. Sooner or later they learn, it can be a very quick trip from 50,000 feet to crash and burn.

Some business leaders think their attention to detail is so excellent they feel they must share the details with their followers repeatedly, every day...for almost every task. Sooner or later, they choke the spirit out of their followers, business engines stall, and another business death spiral begins.

Some business leaders operate between the two extremes, without giving any of this much thought.

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Q: For business leaders, what is the right balance between strategic thinking and attention to detail?

A: The right balance needs to be customized to fit each leader's natural talents and the strengths the leader has developed through years of practice. It is important to plan the best balance rather than take an unplanned approach, allowing actions to unfold as they will during the heat of the business battles. One way a leader can determine his or her best balance is to approach the topic from a perspective laced with Seek Simple philosophies, one of which is - Business Contains Only 3 Things: People, Processes, and Situations

As you plan your approach to balancing Strategic Thinking versus Attention to Details, make sure you cover the People side first. Then, when you know the People side is covered, move on to the Process side. Why? People are very inclined to over-trump Processes....one way or another.

Consider your talents and strengths: I mean, seek professional help to make sure you have an accurate understanding of your talents [as Gallup tells us - talents are our natural ways of thinking and behaving] and your strengths [things you can do with mastery]. Again, cover the People side first, then move on to the Process side.

Know yourself, especially know how to put your relationships to best use and know your strengths [or lack of strengths] in the area of influencing your followers.

Envision how you will balance your strategic-thinking work with your attention to detail work...then go do it...and excel!

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Sooner or later, entrepreneurship beats egos down to a successful size.

by Rick Baker
On May 25, 2017

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

To succeed for any extended period, an entrepreneur must have a balanced ego. When an entrepreneur's ego gets out of control, sooner or later, problems begin to arrive in waves. Like water on rough stones, repeated waves of problems take the cutting edge off of an entrepreneur's ego...offering the entrepreneur the opportunity to become a business leader.

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Attitude: Creating Positive Attitude | Entrepreneur Thinking | Thought Tweets

With Courage we are able to truly know what we believe in and what we don't believe in.

by Rick Baker
On May 25, 2017

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

We speak too infrequently about Courage, the #1 Value for Spirited Leaders.

This is a step toward fixing that problem.

 

 

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Spirited Leaders | Thought Tweets | Values: Personal Values

Curiosity sits close to Spirit...always envisioning and whispering ideas.

by Rick Baker
On May 24, 2017

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

When Spirit is vibrant, it listens intently and allows Curiosity free rein to explore.


 

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Creativity, Invention & Innovation | Spirited Leaders | Thought Tweets | Values: Personal Values

Don't thumb your nose at the grindstone.

by Rick Baker
On May 24, 2017

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

If you cannot put your nose to the grindstone, you might be tempted to thumb your nose at it.

Thumbing noses at good-old-fashioned hard work is not a good strategy.

Quality work ethic is an important part of a life well lived.

Some say work mastery is bliss. 

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Attitude: Creating Positive Attitude | Humour | Thought Tweets

"Leave no stone unturned." That ancient wisdom reeks of perfectionism. Better to leave some stones unturned!

by Rick Baker
On May 23, 2017

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

"Leave no stone unturned."

Euripides [Greek Playwright, 480-406 BC]

And, more about devils and details.

 

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Thinking as in Think and Grow Rich | Thought Tweets | Wisdom: Surviving the Test of Time

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