Without exception, all of us at times have succumbed to the weight of the day to day needs to the extent that we lose sight of the big picture. Nowhere can this be better illustrated than with the relationships in our lives. After a full day of work, there are errands to run, practices to get the kids to, appointments to keep, a workout to squeeze in, or chores around the house which need attention.
Those are just a few examples, I’m sure you have many more to offer. But to borrow a quote, the reality is that the number of demands will always outnumber the supply of your time. And so using hindsight as a gauge, you will find that we inevitably choose to spend our time on what we define as being most important.
But when a relationship begins to suffer, or perhaps a loved one is diagnosed with a terminal illness, we are reminded that what we thought was most important, perhaps really isn’t. We are forced to look at reality through a fresh lens, we are forced to reconsider what really is (or is not) important. We are forced to re-evaluate what’s next.
This is called gaining perspective, and just as with the life example provided above, our ability to gain perspective and understand the bigger picture is essential in our roles as product management leaders.