@Max : I take it you are recalling a management story from the past...
Your about right many managers can only think of the task to be undertaken and not what the fall back position needs to be, or the task that needs to follow the one they have embarked on.
I once had a great lady manager who said she hated me because I could visualise the materials and fabrication required to get her idea engineered into the real world.
I think that was only reason she hated me? Though she did mention that I am arrogant, self opionated, have a foul temper, until the first cup of tea has been taken on arriving at work, after which I am sweetness and light and that I am always right.