Cambridge Dictionary (Online)
English definition of “not see the wood for the trees”
UK (US not see the forest for the trees)
> to be unable to get a general understanding of a situation because you are too worried about the details.
It means that in focusing on the individual trees you cannot see that they form a wood (as in forest). It means that you are unable to see the bigger picture because you are focusing on the details.
I had a meeting with a well renowned person today. I was very surprised to hear him say that if you want to be successful in business then you should focus 100% of your energy on that, and not be distracted by anything else including time out for reflection in a different environment that you may be very curious about.
Of course it makes sense to focus completely on your business. However I find that those that are overly focused on the detail often don’t see the big picture. It reminds me of Covey’s analogy of ‘the clock and the compass’ from one of the most influential books on my life – ‘First Things First’ written by Stephen Covey along with A. Roger and Rebecca R. Merrill. The authors assert that
identifying primary roles and principles provides a “true north” and reference when deciding what activities are most important, so that decisions are guided not merely by the “clock” of scheduling but by the “compass” of purpose and values.
Being a member of a Power of Seven group helps you see the wood for the trees.
New Online groups starting this month for business owners who want to develop a strategy for the new normal. Closing date for applications is 19th June. Contact me if interested or let me know anyone that might be? Always on the look out for quality people who could benefit from their own personal advisory board.