John Maxwell says he never leaves a meeting without asking his team, “What am I missing?”
The interesting thing is that he asks this question at the end of the meeting. After they have fleshed out whatever it was they were discussing and have set the game plan. He takes the position that he is still missing or not seeing something and asks his team to point it out.
Not too long ago I was listening to a talk by my mentor, Paul Martinelli, in which he stated, “I would rather be rich than right.” He was referring to challenging conversations that he often has with his inner circle. He further explained that he has learned to listen to them and do what’s best for the company even when doing so went against what he thought about the matter. He too was acknowledging that he has blind spots.
We all have blind spots. Our perspectives cause us to see things from the vantage point of the perspective. In fact when we really examine our lives we’ll find that we have people, systems and structures in place to back up and strengthen our perspectives.
To become our best we must be open to the fact that we are missing something, we must ask the right questions, have the right people around us and give them permission to speak into our lives.
What am I missing?