[b]I could use some ideas on how to focus more on the big picture and less on details. [/b]
Sleepless night. You know when you figure out that the reason you don't like something about your boss's management style is that it highlights your own deficiencies? Yeah.
I really enjoyed working with my former manager, a big-picture type. Our styles were complementary. She'd get a big idea, steer me in the right direction, and let me deal with details. If I got bogged down, I could count on her for perspective. She really gets things done, starts new initiatives, sometimes drops balls or misses important details. She has a family, hobbies, a life. She doesn't work much overtime. Her career is moving forward, and fast.
My new manager is a details person, and I believe it's a much less effective approach. I can see her spending a lot of time on things that should be ignored or delegated, and dropping balls that are much more important. (To be fair, her admin support is monumentally incompetent.) She works twelve hour days and is chronically stressed and behind on things. I'm reluctant to ask for her input on projects, because she'll dive into details and won't keep the big goals/perspectives in mind.
I see this flaw in myself at times. Okay, often. Though you wouldn't know it from my DISC profile, I fit the bill for a high C - "more data" is my middle name. I do not like to move ahead with things until I feel sure.
So, how do you do it, you Big Picture types?
(It occurs to me Big Picture people probably stopped reading after the first line. Thank M&M for the BLUF concept!)