In Between and In Front
Re a consulting assignment. The components would seem to add up. Even those who don't like the results would agree that they add up. Theorists would insist that they add up. But there is an essential element that is missing and it is hidden in the space between the components; a space that can be sensed but not easily spotted.
The sum of the parts is not greater than the whole because the process of addition injects an important item that is not counted.
After watching, listening, and thinking (mainly thinking) I've identified it.
One of the pleasures of pondering a client's problem is finally seeing what has been in front of your face.