All the time in business I hear people saying “I’m a big picture person,” or “I’m a detail person.”
The problem with this is that neither ‘type’ can effectively run and grow a business.
If you’re only caught up in the detail, if you’re only looking one foot in front of you, then you could easily be walking towards a cliff and not even know it.
If you’re only looking way into the future, if you’re running along with your eyes on the stars, there’s a high chance that you’ll trip on the small obstacles that are always present.
The key skill to develop is to flick between the detail and the big picture. One will come naturally, the other will take discipline, so schedule the time and make both happen.
There’s a tendency to gather information, and more information, and more information, indefinitely if a decision is important.
Your next 40 years will be determined by your next ten years.
A mantra I live by in business is, ‘tolerance is the enemy of excellence.’
Functional fixes are not solutions for existential misalignments.
If you’re buying your lunch from someone, what happens if he’s 20cms shorter than you?
It’s almost certain that what’s being agreed isn’t fully understood.
Don’t be a dick.
Five hundred years ago, Michel de Montaigne said: “My life has been filled with terrible misfortune; most of which never happened.”
In tennis, the majority of the game is spent volleying.
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