October 24, 2016

Crayon detail


Introducing a new subject it’s likely you restrict yourself to limited details. Just the corners and edges that outline the shapes – a leg, a body, a head. Not the complexity, not the nuance, not the specifics.

It’s life at the crayon level of detail. Big, bold, colourful. Enough to get things going, not so much to get bogged down.

The rest of the time, it’s tempting to drop down to draftsman’s detail. The finest nib pen as you explain the minutiae – the bones, the sinew, the organs.

Pick your pen.

At the beginning, at the end, for principles, whenever things get off track or need a nudge to move forward, choose crayons.

In the middle, for deep understanding, working on … erm … details, pick the fine point.

The surprise – crayons are more useful that you think.

Skippy strategy: Remember, every meeting has a beginning, a middle and an end.