Everyday there is an endless assault of information, customer demands, breakdowns, absenteeism, insights, errors, exceptions, vendor meetings... that can easily drown us in activities and drain us of our energies. Worse still we risk losing our way and ending up nowhere.
What we need are unifying concepts, ideas and models that help us see all this in a unified way. We need to look for the 'one thing' that can explain many things or the 'one thing' we need to hold on to that helps us grip many things at once. Or we need to look for how can it all be arranged using a simple model.
Or better still what is a simple operating model that we can use to organize our response to these. Arriving at such a perspective is probably the starting point to being able to manage things better.