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March 17, 2006

News & Opinion: The Big Picture

By: Jack @ 8:28 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

There's an email list that goes out called Ideas in the News (registration required; get it here).
This week Ram Charan, co-author of Confronting Reality. It's titled Getting to the Bigger Picture
In it, Ram coaches people on how to get to the bigger picture. As he says, "The ability to construct and act upon the mental model of the big picture requires plenty of practice. The essence of the skill is to find patterns from among a wide variety of trends and to posit the missing ingredients that could catalyze convergence."
He then provides, six questions to help get to the big picture. In his words,
One simple way to begin is by asking yourself a series of six questions, exploring the ideas with colleagues and peers:
1. What is happening in the world today?
2. What does it mean for others?
3. What does it mean for us?
4. What would have to happen first (for the results we want to occur)?
5. What do we have to do to play a role?
6. What do we do next?

He finally conclues by saying, "But the ability to perceive trends quickly, or even to make sense of them, will not automatically guarantee success. Rather, success depends on the rigor and discipline applied to the entire process of envisioning the changes, deducing specific actions, and implementing the plan."