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The Importance Of Big-picture Thinking

Focusing on the smallest details impedes long-term goals

“If you just focus on the smallest details, you never get the big picture right.” -- Leroy Hood, American scientist

Most of us begin our careers working through the ranks of people executing tasks -- early success comes from correctly completing work while focusing on quality, time and budget. Doing a good job at the duties that were assigned to you is what first got you noticed by those in charge. Eventually, however, we all must learn to not only see the day-to-day details of the job but also to also consider the larger impact and overall plan of our business or organization.

This can be a difficult shift for some, transitioning into letting go -- just a little -- of all the habits and tricks that have always worked so far. If you’re looking to take that next step and become known as a big-picture thinker, read on to check your habits and better plan on a larger scale.

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