Ah! missed it

So focused on your goal or competitor that you miss the evidence of what is really going on and lose to the competition and fall short of the goal. “We have to get this product out and to the marketing guys, so just hit the report’s highlights and let’s get this thing approved for production.” The report said that production would be cost effective, even better than cost effective, and the basic marketing research looked positive. One of the many highlight points was that some of the product’s parts would wear out in two to six months time. “Hey, we could make a lot of revenue in selling those parts,” someone said. The meeting went on and the marketing guys got it by Friday. Sales went well until the recall became necessary.

It does not just happen at work. You might be convinced that your kid should go into engineering. She has good math skills and some great abilities in spatial reasoning. Forget the fact that she loves art work and really gets into sculpture. All you talk about is sending her to Georgia Tech and she applies there but the other four applications are to art schools…and you still don’t get the point.

In both of these the behavior and the science threaten both goals and success. The daughter’s brilliant engineering career and the production goals had clear threats leveled against them.

This kind of thing is part of the human condition. It was happening in 32 A.D. just like it does in 2007. Look:

“Then the chief priests and the Pharisees called a meeting of the Sanhedrin. “What are we accomplishing?” they asked. “Here is this man performing many miraculous signs. If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and then the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.”” (John 11:47-48, NIV)

These groups of men were leaders in Roman occupied Israel. Rome could have squashed them and they had every right to be worried. “This man” was Jesus and the miraculous signs included things like raising Lazarus from the dead. Worried about Rome they missed the arrival of their God.

Makes me wonder what I am worried about…how about you?

Forest for the trees
Don’t confuse me with the facts…
blindsided
Didn’t see it coming

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