The whole and its parts

The whole & its parts

There is more to the task then the task

It is a great idea to lean in an focus on the task to do.

The difficult part is to know what that task requires.

When it comes to leading an organization, the number of tasks available are varied up to overwhelming. There the difficult part is to decide for oneself what the role of a leader encompasses. It is a choice that depends on oneself, the organization, and the environment.

When it comes to designing a training or a presentation, things seem simpler. There is content, there is an audience and there is you.

In fact, when it comes to focusing both situations are similar. The question becomes how you delimit the task. What is it, that you’ll focus on?

In a training or presentation type of task, the focus will often be on the content. It builds on the idea that people come to a presentation or training to learn something. And as it is the content the person is most familiar with, it’s also where the added value is seen. The rule seems to be: “when in doubt add more information”.

While it is true that the content provided is important, people come to benefit from it. And that’s where the task suddenly shifts from simply transferring information to providing it in such a way that people can get the most out of it. It’s making the content as important as it is by attending to all the aspects needed to enable the recipient of the information to use or act on it.

Which means to set oneself up to lead the group and enable participants to follow.

It requires to create the conditions in which your leading is an invitation others welcome. One that enables them to do the task they have come for.


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