Recently, I’ve been spending quite a bit of time thinking about viewpoints. It is something I’ve never really paid much attention to, thinking that it was just one of those things.
The more I think about it, the more it travels up my ToDoList to think about it more.
Why am I blogging about this? Well, during my day job, I have many conversations with many different people – often these are within meetings, but this also includes water-cooler chats, email, and many more forms of communcation. During these conversations, I’m increasingly finding that it is important not only to understand my viewpoint (and here I mean view position, rather than point-of-view), but also the viewpoint of the person I’m communicating with.
It is fair to say I’m a bit of a scatter-brain. I have lots of ideas all whizzing about, competing for attention, and generally distracting me from what I’m actually meant to be doing. I’ve found the best way to separate these two activities is to ensure I allocate enough time for them, and put myself in to the environment that suits the activity best.
In very general terms, I love getting started on something new, but struggle to take that thing to completion – I usually get to 80% completion, and start to get bored. I suppose that suggests that I’m better at the high-level concepts, than the low-level details. Some people are much better at focusing on the low-level details and ensuring that are completely finished – but don’t like dealing with the fuzzy high-level things.
I know this is a huge generalization, but I think time spent understanding your own and your collegues viewpoints, can go a long way to helping you move ideas and solutions forwards. Otherwise, in my opinion, things get stuck in a cycle of repetition.