After reflecting on the important questions I posed last week on this blog, I want to continue exploring teams vs. single-leader work groups.
This spring I believe most leaders build single leader work groups because they suffer from context blindness, a result of being held hostage to daily demands for time and attention, rather than routinely stepping back to think and act strategically. Context blindness prohibits most leaders from making the right choice on whether or not to build a team or a single leader work group.
As a review for us here today, context blindness happens when we can not comprehend the environment around us or around the organization in a holistic manner, and thus are unable to discern which trends or key information we need to pay attention to in order to make better decisions or to take more effective action. As a result with context blindness, there is a lack of strategic level urgency and instead just operational reactivity.
This week, prevent context blindness by building a clear understanding of why there needs to be strategic level urgency rather than just operational reactivity.