And what you can do about them!
Even if you can’t see your blind spots, others can see them very clearly. Blind spots limit your career because they impact your ability to have productive relationships with those you work with, your members, customers, vendors, sponsors, exhibitors, and professional colleagues.
Here are the blind spots that others can easily spot:
- Blaming others.
- Throwing people under the bus.
- The need to be right.
- Being a know-it-all.
- Complaining constantly.
- Operating in a silo.
- Justifying self.
- Finding excuses.
- Resisting others.
90% of the failure in the workplace is the inability to build and maintain relationships. To be respected and to build productive relationships, be intentional about assuming the following behaviors:
- Ask questions.
- Admit you don’t know.
- Be curious.
- Own what you do. And what you don’t do.
- Respond to others with the question: What can I do to help you?
- Acknowledge others.
If you don’t think you have any blind spots, ask someone you know and trust for feedback. Ask them to tell you the truth. And when they do, say thank you, I am going to work on that!
What blind spot have you uncovered and how has becoming aware of that affected your relationships?