Editor's note: This article ran in the Nov. 30 edition of Dairy Exec newsletter, published by Dairy Herd Management.

When your brain concentrates intensely on one task, it’s easy to miss what is happening around you. This means that when your team diligently focuses on a task, it could be missing something. Here are two ways from the Harvard Business Review to identify those blind spots:

  • Assign the task of speaking up. Every time your team meets, include an agenda item that reads, "What are we missing?" Rotate responsibility for answering the question so that everyone eventually contributes.
  • Get an outsider's perspective. Bring people from other parts of your organization to analyze your project or topic under discussion. They might not know all of the details or processes you're considering, but they may see things you don't.