Maslow’s hierarchy of needs talks about the way we as humans are designed to prioritize our needs and the needs of others. An easy example of this is to imagine your team at lunch where they are discussing the events of the coming weeks and you begin to choke. Suddenly, the need for air quickly surpasses the issues of the day. As you begin to choke, you are not likely going to spend much brain power on the conversation that was interrupted before you swallowed wrong. What happens when needs are threatened in a more subtle way? That could be an invisible distraction from the purpose of the team.