The Delicate Dance Between Minutiae and The Big Picture

Objective

Objective (Photo credit: Pedro J. Ferreira)

One of the biggest problems that I have with most organizational development tips is that they focus too much on tactics and not enough on strategy. Or they focus too much on strategy and not enough on tactics. While you don’t want to get mired in a marsh of minutiae, you also don’t want to drift unfocused in a big picture sea.

As entrepreneurs and social change agents we all have work responsibilities that require us to dive deep in the minutiae to get stuff done, but  in order to be achieve organizational and professional growth, we need to pull our heads out of the weeds.

No matter your position in your organization, strive to approach your work from a strategic lens — you need to be watching what is working and what is not, and defining and redefining your vision and strategy. This requires an ability to shift back and forth between low-level tactical minutiae and bigger picture, longer term strategy.

You need to start seeing short and medium term objectives and key results (OKRs) as dots along a line that extends into a plan and a vision for a thriving valuable business. For newbies, it will be hard. Spend time with co-workers, leaders, mentors and CEOs who have successfully mastered this dance.

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Shannon McGarry

Shannon McGarry is Project Specialist at Campaign Consultation, Inc. and an advocate for systemic, holistic approaches to building the capacity of nonprofits and community organizations. She has worked with nonprofits to strengthen and diversify their funding streams, expand and mobilize their membership base, and build sustainable programs. Read more.

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