Detail or Distraction? Revisited

(This blog post originally appeared in longer form in 2014) Life is busy – our attention is a valuable commodity and everyone from magazines to Facebook to YouTube works hard to catch our eye and drag us from what could be productive pursuits into mind-   devil-details-cartoonnumbing distraction. Many people who are busy, distracted, or just plain unorganized fail to bring excellence to the table in their businesses –  in their business they start to consider important details as nothing more than distractions, thus giving themselves an excuse to bring less-than-their-best. A distraction is something that prevents you from giving your full attention to something more important. Being distracted is by definition the state of being focused elsewhere. A detail is a vital part to consider separately from the whole. It is the small elements that collectively make up a work of art – such as the effect of light from the windows of a Thomas Kincade painting. Details are the little things required to achieve a specific goal with quality and excellence. In business, the details are in response to the emotional needs of customers – cleanliness, smiling representatives, telephone greetings, neatness, and quality control for example – as well as the preparedness of your employees – standard operating procedures, team handbooks, training, etc. When you hear the cliché, “the devil is in the details,” it is meant to highlight that every detail is important, and failing to pay attention to them is what destroys businesses, organizations, and even families, slowly and painfully.  “I don’t want to get bogged down in the details…” is an excuse for lack of preparation, planning and focus. These details, if identified, properly defined and communicated, will result in a higher level of excellence, goal achievement and satisfaction. Your team will not only be able to follow your lead, but also clearly communicate where you are headed to others – and a well-organized team will always go farther and faster than the one that is just “winging it,” moment by moment. Need help getting focused? Email me:


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