A colleague made a great comment during a meeting earlier this week during a team meeting.
“We need to remember that people in other departments are extremely passionate, like we are, about the work they do. And, like us, they sometimes have blinders on and are unaware of what goes on elsewhere in the organization.”
What a simple statement but one that resonated with me. It’s easy to get wrapped in what we do and, in the process, get completely disconnected from the outside world. It’s easy to get so focused on our piece of the puzzle and forget that we are just that, a piece of the puzzle.
The challenge for me and I suspect for most of us, is to remember that we have these blinders on. At times, we need to have them on to focus on the work at hand, but in most cases we need remember to take them off. And when we do, we’ll be amazed at what can happen.
What blind spots do you have right now? Why are they blind spots? What would change if you took the blinders off?