We were watching a Disneynature special called “Ghost of the mountains.” It chronicled the arduous challenges a film crew endured in their quest to capture rare footage of a snow leopard family on the Tibetan plateau.
We love watching shows about wildlife and nature. And this special brought to light just how challenging these shows are to produce. People go to great lengths to capture incredible footage. We’re incredibly lucky to be recipients of the end product.
It is just the same when we dig deeper into other pleasures in our lives.
The deeper we dig, the more we realize how lucky we are.
When a person’s reaction to a particular stimulus feels disproportional in its intensity, it is either a result of a want of a basic need (sleep or food) or a perceived attack on something they consider to be part of their identity.
“I am not particularly anxious for the men to remember what someone else has tried to do in the past, for then we might quickly accumulate far too many things that could not be done … Hardly a week passes without some improvement being made somewhere in machine or process, and sometimes this is made in defiance of what is called “the best shop practice.” | Henry Ford
Every once a while, organizational memory can be problematic.
The key lies in not just documenting successes and failures but making the effort to establish causal understanding.
The more we attempt to understand cause and effect, the better our experiments become.
I’ve thought about the tension between processes and outcomes a lot over the years. On the one hand, outcomes are lagging indicators while processes are leading indicators. That naturally lends itself to advice along the lines of “focus on the process.”
But while the process is a leading indicator, a focus on the process alone doesn’t guarantee we’re headed in the right direction.
That leaves us with a conclusion that holds for most good things in life – when in doubt, replace the “or” with an “and.”
Combine a focus on process by keeping our eye on an outcome that helps us understand if the process is working.
Combine a focus on creating a good system with a goal that help us understand if we’re making progress.