Certainly you’re familiar with the blind spot on either side of your car when you’re driving. As illustrated below, if you were driving the blue car you could not see the red car to your right using your rearview mirrors.
Danger! Your parents or driving instructor warned you about driving blind spots. And you’ve probably warned your kids or friends. Yet I’ll bet you’ve either collided with another vehicle due to a driving blind spot or got out of the way just in time to the tune of a blaring horn.
The reason: You and I and everybody else are blind to our own blind spots.
That’s why coaching is indispensable for leaders and peer coaching equally important for employees. Coaching can effectively uncover and deal with blind spots and give all decision makers a fresh perspective on how to handle executive challenges.
Seeing ourselves accurately requires lifelong work. We change and so do our perceptions of ourselves. Only vigilant effort to understand ourselves honestly can help us strike the right balance between what we think is true and what is really true about ourselves. The successful result we call wisdom.
Coaching can help individuals gain a broader and more realistic perspective about themselves. Executive, Team and Organizational Coaching can help leaders calibrate with the world around them, giving them reality checkpoints that position them to navigate the real world with wisdom and insight.
From time to time, we all need a wake-up call to be sure that we do not allow ourselves to confuse our perceptions with the the way we actually present ourselves.
Check out Blind Spots and meet the 4 Common Blind Spot Symptoms: Mythical Memory, Evidence Rejection, Feedback Dismissal, and Blind Faith.