To Reflect: Hive Minds and Blind Spots
Let me share with you, word for word, a discussion from my house earlier this week:
Me: “…but, I get the feeling he’s a bit of a workaholic”
My wonderful wife: “well.. some may say the say the same about you.”
Me: “Ha! Yes… good point.”
As the late comedian George Carlin said – “anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac”.
In short – we all have a blind-spot for our own actions and opinions.
My wife is able to see mine because, although we have been together since our late teens, we are fundamentally different people supporting each towards a shared vision. This diversity is to our benefit.
Yet, I see too many clients building leadership teams of ‘yes-people’.
How well are you surrounding yourself with diversity of opinion?
The strongest grouping of people seems to be one that has a shared value & vision, but diversity of skill, approach and experience.
But remember there’s a big difference between a team with a shared vision and a team with a hive-mind.