Jody Rosen, The Genius of Lionel Messi Just Walking Around:

If you ask any astute observer – an experienced coach or player or tactically tuned-in analyst – how to understand the game, they will advise you to take your eyes off the ball. There may well be an analogous precept, with a German name, in philosophy or art history or mechanical physics. The idea is this: to apprehend the main thrust of the narrative, to really wrap your mind around what’s going on, you must shift your focus from the foreground to the background.

Making me want to articulate the product management challenges of oscillating between broad awareness (which drives good decision-making) and directed storytelling (which drives clarity). Especially tough during periods of technological disruption, when swinging from one to the other must happen frequently and quickly.

(Via Jason Kottke.)

Mon, 18 Dec 2023