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The Big Picture

Keeping an eye on the detail is of paramount importance, but so is the ability to keep the other on the big picture — micro and macro. It’s hard perhaps to explain this or why it’s so important. But while you’re on an expedition it’s very easy to focus on the hand in front of your face and, by doing do, to lose focus on your surroundings. In my experience, the team will quickly lose all interest in the wider goals, the greater scheme of things. They’re too wound up in the pain their injured feet are giving them, or their groaning stomachs. So, it’s your responsibility to watch the expedition from afar and ask yourself key questions. Are you on track? Is everyone pulling their weight? Could you re-jig and win time? Is morale flagging and, if so, can you pep it up right now? At the same time you must be prepared for disaster. It strikes, of course, when you’re getting complacent and comfortable. What happens if there’s a sudden downpour and the river swells two feet? Or if a man snaps his ankle on the next bend, or if hornets attack? Are you prepared? What would you do to cope? Keep the boy scout spirit alive and always remember that you’re as fragile as a feather on the wind.



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