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Do you Know Your Blind Spots?

June 16, 2014

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When I interviewed Robert Bruce Shaw about his new book “Leadership Blindspots,” I was surprised by how complex this issue is.

He told me that a lot of blind spots are directly linked to strengths. It may seem counter-intuitive, but while an entrepreneur’s passion for her business drives growth, the single-mindedness of that passion may also be a blind spot that threatens growth.

The degree of blindness can also vary. You may be completely ignorant of a threat. But, you could be partially aware of it, and just reluctant to take action.

One of the best ways for leaders to identify and respond to blind spots is to develop a network of advisers, as Shaw explains in this audio clip.


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You can hear more of Shaw’s tips in the Expert Interview (premium members only) podcast.

Question: Are you aware of your blind spots? How do you feel about pointing out the blind spots of others? Join the discussion below.


One thought on “Do you Know Your Blind Spots?

  1. YolandeMT wrote:

    Being open to input from your network of advisers is so important. Whereas we have an inside out view of ourselves, they can help us see from the outside in. In other words, they will help us see what our behavior looks like from the outside. Valuable stuff!
    Please share if you have any thoughts about this!

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