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Vision: From Microscope To Telescope
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Vision: From Microscope to Telescope

The Microscope

The headache worsened as I tried to focus on the red blood cell structures. Yes, I had the vision of a super hero! Well, with the aid of a microscope that is. I was studying the red blood cell structures of many different farm animals. I couldn't see any difference at all between them by holding the slide up to the light and using my naked eye, well, almost naked because I needed reading glasses to read the labels!

As I continued to study red blood cells from animals such as cows, horses, chickens and the like, I began to have a tremendous headache.

I began to think I was some sort of mad scientist, with all the microscope work I was having to do to pass this class!

The Telescope

I remember many nights staying up with my friends to use the telescope that I had gotten for my birthday. It wasn't like the handheld one that I got when I was eight years old. This had a tripod and the little eyepiece that protruded from the side. It was so much more powerful than anything I ever had before!

We could even see the largest moon, Ganymede, that orbits Jupiter. Now this got me to thinking more globally. We watched those moons orbit Jupiter. I began to wonder what it would be like to stand on Jupiter and look back towards the sun and earth. What a different perspective that would be!

You know by now where this is headed.

I have seen and been involved with managers that like to use the microscope and wonder if they have the same headaches I did in that farm animal microbiology course.

These managers like to make sure all the little details are being taken care of. These details are not noticeable on the surface. The need the all powerful microscope to see and manipulate these details!

The manager that uses the telescope is great at seeing the big picture and how all the parts fit together. He is one that doesn't get bogged down in the minutia.

What is important to remember here is that leaders in the workplace need to know when to use these two tools.

The telescope is quite useful when diagnosing global type issues. For instance, how do separate departments communicate and interact on a shared project? It takes the power of a telescope to see and then direct movements within the company.

The microscope when used properly can be very powerful! Be sure to be use this tool wisely. Remember that focusing in on negative traits or actions can cause severe headaches! When focused properly the microscope will reveal positive minutia! Use these new found details to produce larger than life results!

One last note: don't get confused and use the telescope when you should be using the microscope and vice versa! It is very hard to see Venus through the microscope and red blood cells through a telescope!

More musings from your ole cowboy friend!


Street Talk

Microscope, telescope, microlens, teletype... oh I give up :P

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  about 7 years ago

LOL Me too! Where's the microtele or is it the telemicro...Oh wait it's right here in my hand! Android phone! I can watch TV on the damn thing! LOL

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  about 7 years ago

Ah ha, the microcosm and the macrocosm! - As above, so below :)

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  about 7 years ago

From the cosmos to the microbes! Yes, yes!

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  about 7 years ago
Joan S  

Nice analogy. I have to think about it. Thanks McK.

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  about 7 years ago

Are you going to use a microscope or telescope? LOL Thanks for the great input, Joan!

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  about 7 years ago
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