Yes, I realize this isn’t the exact statement. But as I was putting this post together, two different thoughts converged. Read on and I think it will make sense.
Sometimes having a fresh set of eyes on things changes the perspective. After having been in the same environment chasing the same challenges for any length of time, it is easy to be overwhelmed by the details to the point where it obscures the bigger picture … a situation more commonly referred to as not being able to see the forest for the trees.
So, with a fresh set of eyes, I started with asking why (see my post about Simon Sinek and link to his Ted video for more on this). The exercise quickly became multiple why questions, each focused on the different players or factors influencing my particular domain. During the process, I ended up with a framework that resembled something I learned many moons ago … the Michael Porter’s 5 Forces model.