Monday, June 20th, 2016
We all hope that our messages, both verbal and nonverbal, are received by others the way we intend, but many things can prevent that from happening. Our behavior or tone can unintentionally sabotage or dilute our communications and reduce our influence.
We all have blind spots—unproductive behaviors that are invisible to us but glaring to everyone else. Our behavioral blind spots create dire and unintended consequences: They corrupt decision-making, reduce our scope of awareness, create enemies, silos, and camps, destroy careers, and sabotage business results.
Blind spots are not flaws; nor are they malicious. They are automatic behaviors. The real culprits are not the blind spots themselves. The problem is when they are unidentified and mismanaged. To succeed as a manager, you need to learn how to recognize your blind spots and overcome them.
How do you fix a problem of which you are completely unaware; one that you can’t see? The only thing we can do is become conscious of it. Once you uncover your blind spots, you can undo them. Your goal is not to be perfect. It’s to check your blind spot and recover quickly. We must look at ourselves honestly, invite others we respect to give us feedback, and be willing to make changes.
Summing-up: We all have blinds spots, and the only way to identify them and deal with them is to ask someone who has a different perspective and who will be honest enough to tell us the truth about ourselves.