“Cut to the Chase” is an exhortation to “get to the point.” It is believed to have originated in the early days of film when directors would fill their movies with boring dialogue (especially in films that were supposed to be comedies).
It reminds me of people who commonly pad their conversations with endless layers of detail. Sometimes it is sloppy communication, but it is also true that we can struggle to identify which details are important and which ones are extraneous.
My friend Norwood has an extraordinary ability to get to the heart of the matter. When I am bogged down by thousands of details… He can see through the clutter and pick out the two or three vital issues that need to be addressed. Whenever I need clarity in the chaos of information, I turn to him for help.
“Cutting to the Chase” is an invaluable skill for a leader. If you want to grow in your influence and rise up the organizational chart, practice sifting through all the chatter and find the gold nuggets that truly need to be dealt with.
Thanks for listening.