Author B.J. Neblett once said “We are the sum of our experiences. Those experiences – be they positive or negative – make us the person we are…and those [experiences] yet to come, continue to influence and reshape the person we are, and the person we become.” This concept can and should be applied not only to individuals but also to organizations making data-informed decisions. The more experiences and perspectives available to an organization, the better and more complete picture it has, the fewer blind spots exist, and the better-informed decision they can make.
When trying to make data-informed decisions, everyone usually has the right intentions to make the best decision from their perspective. But what can you do to try to avoid blind spots? You can be aware of bias that may exist in your decisions, and you can seek diverse perspectives in an inclusive manner.