Regardless of how experienced you may be, you cannot see all things at all times. You need the perspective of others in order to gain a full sense of reality. I share what I see, you share what you see, then we try to figure out the reality in the midst of our mutual perceptions.
One technique that is incredibly effective at bringing visibility to potential blind spots is to simply ask someone you trust “What is some- thing obvious that you think I’m missing?” It’s very likely that others have spotted potential oversights or mistakes in waiting but haven’t felt permission from you to talk about them. Simply opening the door to the insights of others can help you better understand how others see the world and help you avoid potentially damaging mistakes that others could see coming well before you could. Try these questions:
►Am I missing something?
►What do you see that you think I don’t?
►What would you do if you were me?
►What should my next action be?
These are all good variations of the same question. Any one of them can help you gain better clarity and ensure that you’re not overlooking potential value. There is no shame in seeking help from others. And you should be ready and willing to do the same for them.
Seek the perspective of many people to ensure that you’re seeing reality correctly.
Ask others to help cover your creative and leadership blind spots.
Who should you seek perspective from today and about what?