Q & Q: April 8, 2019

We are constantly told to look at the big picture. It’s an easy thing to say that only the end result of our labors truly matter. It’s only when we focus on each detail and make each the best it can be, do we make the adequate extraordinary.

Whatever is rightly done, however humble, is noble.”

-Sir Henry Royce, 1st Baronet, OBE

Was there a time that you made the mediocre into the extraordinary by focusing on the details?


  1. The goal is not to be better than the other man, but your previous self.

    Dalai Lama

  2. I see this demonstrated in our team quite frequently. Whether it is preparing devices and school wireless networks for statewide assessments, teacher laptop distribution, giving very specific details to help a teacher troubleshoot an issue, precise code for an accurate report, or many duties DTS handles, members of our team pay attention to the details and deliver delight!

  3. There are so many examples of this I cannot pick just one – because I’m working with it now, I appreciate Jennifer McCartney and Patrick Mount’s exemplary work with student data privacy details a few years ago, the monthly newsletter, the LTP details (1000s of them), our network and server teams daily attention to detail, Help Desk responses, field tech amazingness on the proactive and reactive side, Joel’s work, Mary’s accuracy, and on and on and on. Literally, I am visualizing each member of our team and can think examples of great attention to detail instantly. 🙂

    BYW, this is a fantastic question because it elicits (forces) our minds to consciously focus on the need for detailed work in the context of a bigger future/goal – and without those details attended to the bigger picture/goal falls short.
    ( Nicely done, Dan. )

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