Focus Vs Understanding

Focus Vs Understanding

Learning & Development

Pramod Veturi

Pramod Veturi

13 week ago — 3 min read

Being an executive coach has given me valuable insights into the different challenges individuals face in various workplaces. I’ve encountered many bright, well-meaning, and dedicated individuals who grapple with certain situations, unsure of the best course of action.

Often, these individuals are perceived as lacking focus, leading to pressure from others to sharpen their attention. However, what might seem like a focus issue is often rooted in a deeper challenge – a lack of clarity about where to direct their efforts for optimal results.

In my countless coaching conversations, I’ve come to recognize that the actual issue lies not in a deficiency of focus but in a deficit of understanding. While everyone understands that focus is crucial, many need help pinpointing where to focus their efforts. Simply urging someone “to focus more” is as unhelpful as telling them to “make better decisions.” Seemingly good advice but utterly useless in practice.

What to others appears like a lack of focus is often a lack of understandingThe key is to gain a deep understanding of the situation at hand. When you grasp a situation better, you will instinctively know where to focus your attention.

 

So, how do you decide where to focus?

The key lies in developing a thorough familiarity with the problem at hand. You must immerse yourself in the issue and its specifics, experiment, reflect, and learn. Eventually, you will begin to comprehend the subtleties of the problem and discover where and what you must focus on to achieve the best possible results.

The key is to gain a deep understanding of the situation at hand. When you grasp a situation better, you will instinctively know where to focus your attention to achieve the desired results.

Therefore, if someone accuses you of lacking focus, it’s crucial not to view it as a criticism of your work ethic. Instead, consider it a suggestion to delve deeper into understanding the situation.

What to others appears like a lack of focus on your part is often a lack of understanding.

 

Also read: What is the Curse of Knowledge? How Does it Impact Communication?

 

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Pramod Veturi

Global leader with experience managing core banking functions with proven track record of delivering business transformation and growth.