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Knowing when to Zoom In to the details vs Zoom Out to gain perspective is a critical skill few leverage effectively

The premise behind zooming in and zooming out is simple. There are times as a leader when you need to be close to things. Close to your product. Close to the technology. Close to your customers and employees. In these times you are in the proverbial weeds. You are literally “in the engine room” where timing, specificity, and nuance matter. This is being zoomed in.

Alternatively, there are times when you need to gain perspective, think big, and set the trajectory for the future. This is being zoomed out, and is the exact opposite of being in the engine room. Here we focus on vision, long term planning, setting strategy and synthesizing meta-themes. …


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As a leader, it’s critical to understand that one of your main jobs is to ensure the panes of glass remain clean and clear. This “line of sight” is extremely important and allows people visibility into and through the business. …


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I use the word “appropriately” intentionally. Efficiently or effectively could be used as well, although that would elude to the notion that packing more stuff into your 24 hours is the ultimate goal. I’m advocating the opposite. I believe that one of the biggest fallacies in today’s business world is the belief that motion equals progress. This is a lie.

The most common response I get when I ask clients how they’re doing these days is, “I’m super busy.” It’s strangely become a badge of honor people wear with pride. Who can be the busiest? Who can multitask better? Who can work the longest, most ridiculous hours? Who can go days without properly eating, exercising, or even sleeping? It’s a serious issue and is becoming increasingly prevalent. It’s as much a mindset as it is a behavioral issue. …

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Regan Bach

Executive Coach | Consultant | Advisor — Managing Partner at Better Faster Further — We help Leaders, Teams and Organizations maximize peak performance.

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