There’s a BIG MISMATCH between how you think people see you and how they actually see you.
In fact, you really have no idea how you come across. “What matters about you, to someone else, is whatever has the most meaning for them – not for you,” according to Oliver Burkeman of The Guardian.
First and foremost, it’s crucial that the feedback you get is valuable – especially feedback about your blind spots (known to others, but not to you).
This is a big challenge as this information can be hard to come by, especially from your team and direct reports.
But if you want to to grow and develop, you need access to your blind spots and other performance killers. No access, no growth.
Your performance and your well-being depend on it.
Here are 3 tips to help you access your blind spots and overcome your performance killers.
1. Understand it:
Use the highly effective Johari Window to help you learn about yourself and come to terms with your blind spots. Get to know what’s behind door number 2.
2. Seek it out:
Recognize the mismatch between the perceiver and the perceived (you) and seek out valuable feedback.
3. Take it:
Once you’ve asked for it, you’ve got to be willing and able to take it. If you react negatively you’ll destroy the trust with the giver and your chance of ever receiving it again.
PRO TIP: Give your collaborators permission to give you honest feedback. For the best possible solution you want others to question your ideas.
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Here are 3 BIG REASONS to check your blind spots ASAP:
- Honest opinions are highly valuable because they help you see what you can’t see yourself. So get past your discomfort.
- It will open up possibilities that were unknown or hidden before, i.e. untapped potential.
- Feedback is just someone’s opinion, not a fact. However, if there’s any truth in it you do want to know so that you can make the necessary changes.
If you really want to perform at your best, you’ll have to go below the surface to access and overcome your blind spots and other performance killers.
Using self-awareness techniques like The Johari Window, it is possible to learn more about yourself and make positive behavioral changes.
However, it’s much easier and faster with a trusted coach or mentor.
Thanks for reading,
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