By Mark Inboden
Besides this being the title of a song I like from the Wallflowers, I was driving the other night and noticed several cars with headlights out. That there were multiple cars with only one headlight working really got me thinking. Was it the time of year; the transition between summer and fall? Did they drive through an area where there were a lot of rocks on the road? Could they be part of a recall? No matter the reason, all of those cars could manage with one headlight, but not as well as two.
Sometimes we get so caught up in the day-to-day of work and our personal lives, that we fail to notice a headlight is out. We think we are focused, but really we are operating less effectively than if we had both lights working. We travel the same road over and over, but we only realize a light is out when we are asked to embark on a new destination. We really need to focus on the new road or project, and realize that one headlight is out and we need to fix this “blind spot” to effectively accomplish what’s before us.
With the fall time change coming up and traveling more in the dark, it might be a good time to check your car's headlights. In fact, it might be a good time to check your personal “headlights” and see if there are any “blind spots” that need fixing to better focus on your work and personal life.
Mark is the CEO and President of UCEC.