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The Art of Seeing Further
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John, a keen entrepreneur, was struggling with high employee turnover. He was fixing it with higher salaries, plushier offices, more perks. But he missed the point.
The real issue? A toxic managerial approach.
It's like treating a cough without understanding the pneumonia underneath.
Symptoms are messengers, not the message.
We live in a world that's obsessed with band-aids. Fix it quick, move on. But here's a thought: What if we're fixing the wrong things?
Einstein remarked, "We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them."
Modern entrepreneurial practice? Often superficial.
A drop in sales? Let's change the marketing strategy! But did anyone pause to consider the product?
A problem in delivery? Let's hire faster vehicles! But what if the real issue is with your supply chain?
The mindset? Always chasing. But here's the twist:
Stop chasing the visible. Start understanding the invisible.
Ever heard of the Iceberg Theory? 90% of its bulk remains unseen, submerged.
Your business problems? Likewise.
The visible is tempting. The invisible? That's where the treasure lies.
Remember Blockbuster? They saw the symptom: declining store visits. But Netflix saw the cause: evolving consumer behavior.
One vanished. The other? Flourished.
Systems-level thinking isn't just a fancy term. It's the lens of the astute, the tool of the visionary.
Symptoms are like the smoke that signals a fire; causes are the flames fanning it.
Light a match recklessly, and you risk a blaze. Ignite it with purpose and understanding, and you illuminate a path.
On your entrepreneurial voyage, stop. Contemplate. Elevate your perspective.
In the intricate puzzle of your business, are you preoccupied with just one piece?
Recognize the complete picture.
For each piece has its place, but it's the assembled whole that reveals the true image. In business, as in life, depth of insight and breadth of vision determine not just where you stand, but where you'll soar.