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Michael Ryan

November 23, 2011 in Leadership, Transformational Change

The Killer Issue

The second series of The Killing started on Saturday on BBC4 and I am hooked already.

The Killing is a Danish crime drama that concentrates on a murder investigation led by Detective Inspector Sarah Lund.  What makes The Killing very different is the pace in which the story develops; instead of the usual action sequences and high speed chases, it takes its time to focus on the events that unfurl over the course of a day.

Because of this, the plot twists and turns as the police investigate every piece of evidence or lead.  Some of them turn out to be important, while others turn into red herrings that slow everything down.

Sometimes working on a project can be the same.  There can be so many pieces to bring together, and so many new developments over the course of a day, it can be difficult to distinguish which ones need a lot of focus and which ones are just distractions that don’t require the same level of attention.  The real challenge is how do you decide which is which?

In the case of The Killing, they do have a saviour in Sarah Lund.  Though there are precious few lessons to be learnt about teamwork here, she is always one step ahead of the investigation.  While the rest of the team are pressuring the obvious suspect into a confession, Lund is out with her torch at the scene looking for facts.

But it’s not just about cold hard detail, there is a strong sense of intuition there too as she constantly questions her observations in search of the real motive; often uncovering the one obvious piece of evidence that moves things forward.

Sometimes on a project there can be so many pieces to bring together and so many new developments, it can be difficult to distinguish which ones need a lot of focus and which ones are just distractions. The real challenge is how do you decide which is which?

Who or what is driving your team to focus on the right details? Or, do they need to be challenged to find the missing piece of the jigsaw that brings everything together?

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