Words of the Week – the big picture


The big picture (image: jodigreen)

The big picture is a complete view of every piece of a business situation. Newly minted MBAs often get caught up in the tactics of their day to day roles, and don’t realize that the goal is to be able to step back and see the big picture. Understanding how your role fits into the overarching strategy of the organization allows you to progress to management roles more quickly.

For example, a manager might say, “Thanks for bringing this idea to my attention. Let’s step back and see the big picture for a second…yes, implementing a just-in-time production system will realize cost savings for inventory, a great story for sales and fresher products for customers. Great job.”

Author: Grayson Leverenz

Grayson Leverenz founded MBA in the USA® to help international students build networks, find jobs, and have fun in the USA. Hundreds of global professionals have benefited from Grayson’s intercultural workshops, and she has worked with people from Brazil, China, India, South Africa, South Korea, the UK, and the USA to build effective virtual teams and craft brilliant careers.

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