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Focus implies one

Dilbert focus

Dilbert is often entertaining, though sometimes frustrating in his response to the world.  Sunday's comic had me laughing from the first panel, and I think Asok's response is right on.  What is your response when you see this opener?

Go ahead, have a look at the response.

I read this to my kids and asked them if they understood the problem.  After a little prompting they could see how it might just be a problem to focus on 25 things.  But how many times have phrases like this come up in your organization?  "I have to focus on everything!"  Really?

The whole point of "focus" is that you look at one thing.  Ideally, you keep looking at it until it reaches a sufficient resolution.

This is one of the reasons I like systems thinking and Theory of Constraints.  The idea is to take a look at the system and look for the one place where a change will have the biggest impact.  Sure, you can try to fix everything, but most organizations don't have the time and money to do that.  So, given that limitation, maybe it would be a good idea to find the area where a change will make the biggest difference.  Make a change, step back to see if it is working, and decide what to do next.


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