The whole is greater than the sum of its parts

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts

    Steven Covey, in the Franklin Covey video "Goals - 4 Disciplines of Execution" says that most major organizations lack the ability to take high-level goals and break them down into actions.

    What is the value in grand goals if they can't be acted on?

    A strategy to incorporate action items with every goal is critical to achieving those goals. The whole point in founding a group or organization is that the whole is greater than the sum of it's parts. Why is this the case? Is this always the case? I believe that there is a hidden factor in the value of the "whole." This hidden factor is the ability of the "whole" to simultaneously and diversely act on a common goal or set of goals. The value in grouping or organizing together is directly related to the extent to which goals are disseminated as actionable tasks.

    Here at Diverse CTI, we consult with our clients on the best information technology practices and communications methods and techniques. We constanty set strategic goals and look for ways of better organizing our efforts. It is critical to understand the value in combining action items with strategic goals! A long term goal or vision can be hard to convey to others. By breaking up long term goals into the necessary actionable items the goal will be taken care of even if it isn't fully understood!

    My personal goals are certainly no exception to this goal/action pairing. As I consider the things that I want to achieve both short and long term, I have to come up with my own action items! An important long-term goal can be easily forgotten in the heat of the day, but small tasks set up beforehand to accomplish that goal can be done simply and consistently. Yes, I am speaking this in faith to my own self!


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