Seeing Your Blind Spots Clearly

By Pavan Muzumdar
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By the time we’re teenagers we know everything, right? We’d like to think so, but as time tells, we continue to grow. Part of that growth is exploring and understanding more of what we don’t know about ourselves.

During your Quarterly Review, you will put into practice the Trust Review where 360 Feedback is given and received. What could be argued as the most uncomfortable portion of this review is delving into blind spots. Blind spots are those behaviors in ourselves we just can’t see. You may say to yourself, “I’ve built a multimillion-dollar company and you’re telling me I’m not self-aware?” Well, yes, and we’ve all been, or still are, there.

Finding your blind spots is based on the Johari Window, created by psychologists Joseph Luft and Harrington Ingham. Across this graph is what we know and don’t know, along with what we hide and show. Depending on where you fall, you may have or experience blind spots, a comfort zone, the unknown, and/or intimacy. Blind spots fall within the don’t know/show quadrant of the graph; this means we are unaware of certain behaviors that others see.

Blind spots may be uncomfortable to learn about, but they’re also the Achilles heel of leadership. What we don’t know about ourselves could potentially break down a team by limiting our actions or reactions. Blaming others turns into accountability. Avoiding difficult conversations becomes weekly check-ins. The Trust Review highlights blind spots to encourage personal growth and awareness, leading to a stronger team overall.

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Pavan Muzumdar Managing Director