There was once an executive who suffered from what I like to call “Selective Blindness Syndrome.” This may sound like a terrible disorder that could insinuate turning a “blind eye” to issues but, in fact, it is just the opposite.
You see, this executive couldn’t stand the senseless meetings, politics, and hoops that were required to get things done. So, for certain projects, she decided to bypass the system a bit – she didn’t pay attention to titles, niceties, and, for lack of better terms, the BS.
She pulled together some talented folks from various teams to work on a project – she didn’t care if they were a Manager or VP, she didn’t check with their managers to make sure it was ok, she also didn’t mind if they were located in Australia or Alaska or Kalamazoo.
Best of all, she protected and shielded them from any political mindlessness or escalations- because she had the power to do so.
The small group became a “dream team” of sorts. They learned how to get work done without the time wasting activities that we all become so accustomed to. They got the opportunity to focus on the task at hand and they didn’t worry about the politics that can be so draining.
Now obviously this approach doesn’t work in every situation. But once in a while it may be worth your time to put your blinders on. Try a week without paying attention to titles and status and politics - you may be surprised at what you see. Think about whether a step in the process is really needed.
As the famous blind musician Stevie Wonder once said “Just because a man lacks the use of his eyes doesn’t mean he lacks vision.”
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