Let me rephrase the words of Richard Templar Author of the Rules of Work who explained that you won’t be able to do your best for your employer if you can’t see the bigger picture. You may be a single person in an organization, but if you can’t learn about what the whole firm is up to, you won’t be able to do your little single person things as well as you could.
Do you want to grow and make a bigger contribution to your organization? Yes, then you need to understand what drives the growth of your organization.
To understand any firm, you need to ask the relevant questions. For example, when your manager briefs you on any new task or project, ask how it fits into the bigger picture (if don’t know). Is this a standard market trend, or is your company trying to do something innovative? Is this to benefit customers or to help the internal structure? And so on. Friedrich Nietzsche once said “He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.”
We are not talking about asking your boss irrelevant questions but rather about taking an interest in the whole organization and not just your corner of it, and letting your boss see that you have your eye on the big picture. One of the reasons for this is, of course, that your boss will start to see you as someone who is capable of working at a higher level with a bigger overview, and someone who has a loyalty and concern for the whole company. You will also find that your own job makes far more sense when you can see the wider view, and that you’re more motivated when you understand the reasons behind changes, new directives, extra work, or special projects.
If you want to grow to a higher level, you have to relate your relevant questions, decisions and actions to the whole organization. If you have no clue about the other areas, start to learn by asking the relevant questions. Think about it, generally people are happy when you asked them about their job content.
In a simple term “take the attitude of a student, never be too big to ask questions, never know too much to learn something new.” Og Mandino
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