Adviti – my daughter – is still learning to walk. She keeps on playing on the floor. What surprises every one of us is her finding smallest speck of dust or any material on floor. Otherwise, she does not eat much, but these specks are not visible to us and by the time we look at her she has already put it in her mouth. We always think where does she get such a keen eye to the detail? How can we keep our home mopped and swapped such that we can avoid such particles? In whatever capacity the floor is cleaned she always finds something, to show us our failure to clean the floor.
I started reading a management book for middle management and change management. This book is very interesting. When we grow in career, we have to let go of some details and start managing on slightly bigger scale. When one moves to this slightly higher level of execution, one tends to delegate work. The big picture, view is required some time. Additionally, when one moves to bit higher level one has to manage not do everything.
While reading this book, I was wondering about the movement to middle or higher management. When we grow up, we thinking about these movement and execution thus we – at times – miss the finer details of execution. This is exactly what happens with us at home – when we grow old, we start walking and the ground is too low for us to keep an eye on it. More precisely, the difference is 15 cm to ground vs 165 cm to ground. Adviti sees things from 11 times nearer than what we see. In management we too have a gap, if not 11 times, it is 2-5 times. We miss seeing the minor things sometimes we just overlook these.
It is said that the devil is in detail. Be it Adviti seeing small speck at floor or a senior manager missing out on the possible execution challenge. The devil is in detail, Adviti’s small actions helped me put an emphasis on this for my career and professional live.