No, not the huge blind spots that a food truck driver often finds when trying to navigate these roaming bistros, but rather the blind spots created when your team focuses on one are of your operation and forgets about others. When our brains concentrate intensely on one task, we miss what is happening around us. This means that when your team diligently focuses on a task, they’re likely missing something. Here are two ways to identify those blind spots:
- Assign the task of speaking up. Every time your team meets, include an agenda item that reads: “What are we missing?” Rotate responsibility for answering that question so everyone eventually contributes.
- Get an outsider’s perspective. Bring people in from other parts of the organization (your attorney or accountant) to analyze the project the team is concentrating on. They might not know about the progress, methods, or solutions being worked on already, but they may see something your team doesn’t.