Even though it was a long time ago, I can still vividly remember passing my driving test and earning my licence. I can recall driving back to the test centre, parking up, and receiving the good news. I can still remember the examiner’s name, the fact that it was a sunny day, and I can even remember which parking bay I pulled into. It was a significant day for me– especially since I didn’t pass the first (or even second) time, and I’m embarrassed to admit that I had what seemed like hundreds of hours of tuition before I finally passed.
Although my memory of each individual driving lesson has faded, I can still vividly remember my driving instructor drumming into me the importance of checking your blind spot before making a manoeuvre. A quick glance out of the side window, followed by a glance over your shoulder helps avoid accidents. Every driver and every car has ‘blind spots’ and if you rely on looking in mirrors and the windscreen alone, you might end up ruining the paint job on your car, or worse….
This idea of ‘blind spots’ can be applied to other areas of life too. Incidentally, I’m told that fashion is one of my personal ‘blind spots’ – apparently the Hawaiian shirts that I wear on the weekend are so last millennium (who would have known?!) More importantly, these blind spots can cause real problems in projects and in purchasing decisions.