We all have blind spots, why does being aware of yours add value?

by | Aug 27, 2019 | Articles, Featured, General, Resources

Blind spots are real and occur naturally. According to Scholarpedia, the peer-reviewed open-access encyclopaedia who are also supported by Brain Corporation;

The natural blind spot (scotoma) is due to lack of receptors (rods or cones) where the optic nerve and blood vessels leave the eye. There can also be artificial blind spots when something blocks light from reaching the photoreceptors, or when there is local adaptation of the retina as just after seeing a bright light. Blindness is absence of seeing. It may be experienced as blackness, or very differently it may be nothing. The sudden blindness of switching off the light is blackness (and black is a colour); nothingness is lack of visual sensation, as for the world behind one’s head.

We are not usually aware of our blind spots because our brains happily ‘ignore’ this small patch of missing information and ‘fill in’ our view. It is not until they cause us problems, or they are pointed out to keep us safe (such as when we are driving a car or failing to exercise good judgment) that we often become conscious of them.

When it comes to organisational culture, performance and learning, blind spots (or as they are often referred to ‘not seeing the light’) are usually found at the root of most of our problems with work today. These problems shape our day to day conversations, thinking, mood, judgement, decisions-making, or fundamental lack of them. These issues can make or break your workplace experience.

As part of our quest to get to the bottom of the most complex and challenging issues facing people in organisations today, we’ve been digging deep and looking at some of the real and crippling blind spots that we have in relation to transforming corporate learning.

Hot off the press is our look at leadership.

As you can see from the visual below, we are seeing a significant increase in the ability of leaders to ‘see’ and understand their behaviour, or lack of in this case, is at the root of the problem. With 42% of consumer-learners saying that they are most likely to be influenced by a leader to learn, the lack of the right conversation is keeping any investments transactional and at a surface level. This blind spot is therefore perpetuating the issue leaders are trying to solve in the first place e.g. stagnating performance, productivity, wasting time, energy, cost and even worse – risking future buy-in.

We often get the feedback that leaders are not interested in supporting learning – this is not what we are seeing when we look closely at the evidence. Leaders are signing off more investments than ever. Investments in digital, content, time and outsourcing are all significantly up, but because of the lack of evidence as to what is really working, impact continues to fall through the floor. We need to raise awareness and learn that adding more is not the answer. The right evidence will help you influence your leaders, gain better buy-in and turn your blind spots into actions that lead to added and incremental value.

Our clients are making more informed investments because we help them see their blind spots – analysing critical evidence that they are using to their advantage, saving time, cost and energy helping them to work smarter not harder. Let us guide you by taking the Learning Health Check today and join 97% who say it has made them think differently about learning in their organisation.

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