Traditionally, captains function at the helm of the ship. They ensure the vessel is steered correctly and accurately. They have a firm grasp on the execution of the vision.
This position includes inherent blind spots. Although the captain has a great view of the ship, his ability to spot to the horizon is limited. He is too close to the deck.
This good captain realises this risk. He chooses an able sailor to summit the crow’s nest. It’s the highest point on the ship offering the best view of the future. This sailor must be equipped with a strong stomach as the sway of the ship is most pronounced on this pinnacle. He should also be a good communicator to ensure the future is translated as accurately as possible for the captain to make decisions.
If boards are responsible for governance and risk management, and managing directors are responsible to steer the ship, who does the captain send up the mast to scope out the future? This is what we hire consultants for.
Good leaders cover their blinds spots.