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Seeing vs Observing Imagine that you live in an apartment several floors up, only accessible by stair

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November 15 · Issue #66 · View online
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Seeing vs Observing
Imagine that you live in an apartment several floors up, only accessible by stairs. Every day, you walk up and down those stairs, touching every step. You know that there are many steps. After all, you see them every day. By how many steps are there to your apartment? You’ve probably never noticed. Knowing how many steps is the difference between seeing and observing.
In order to improve systems, processes or organisations it’s not enough to see. It is essential for leaders to observe. Unfortunately most leaders are too busy doing and reacting, they don’t have the time to observe and notice important detail. Great leaders aren’t always busy doing or talking. Great leaders take time out to observe and to listen. They take time to seek connections between events or data that may not be immediately obvious before they act.
Try something different this week and find an opportunity to practice observing. Focus on something you don’t normally focus on. What did you observe that you didn’t notice before? What that might indicate?
I hope you enjoy this week’s content. If you find it useful, please forward to someone else and send me feedback. Stay safe and healthy 🙏
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Try observing something you don't normally focus on this week
Try observing something you don't normally focus on this week
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