Have you ever thought, “I did not see that coming” after you made a decision. We all have. Blind spots are one of the major causes of setbacks. Webster’s dictionary defines a blind spot as “an area in which one fails to exercise judgment or discrimination.” What are your blind spots?
The important question is how to best deal with them. Below are 6 ideas that will help expose your blind spots:
Acknowledge they could exist. You can’t find something that you don’t think is possible to exist.
Take an assessment. This helps a leader discover potential blind spots
Get feedback from colleagues and co-workers. The feedback will be worth it but be aware that the feedback could hurt, so try not to wear you feelings on your sleeve.
Talk with your spouse or a close friend. They know you well and could see blind spots that others can’t see.
Ask a person that does not think very highly of you and/or your abilities. The people that don’t like you can have good insight into your behaviors and actions. Be careful that you don’t let what they say define you though.
Look at your whole self. Most leaders don’t want to take the time to work on their life outside of work. Lessons can be learned in other areas of your life that can help your work life be more effective. One example is family life.
The first idea is the most important. The acknowledgement that a blind spot could exist is vital. Once that step is taken the other steps could begin to fall into place.
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