Learn how to identify your blind spots, and grow as a team.
- So previously, we've been looking at the Johari window particularly at the facade. But what about the blind spot? This is the part of you that others know but you don't. Maybe they all think that you're boring or annoying, or maybe clever, and you don't realize. So there can be good or bad things in your blind spot. Would you like to know what's in your blind spot? If I'd done some research amongst your friends and colleagues, and I could tell you? I hope you're thinking "Yes", because actually, it would be great to hear the good stuff and useful to hear about the bad stuff so that you could make changes.
I think that fear of what's in the blind spot is usually worse than what's really in there. So finding out would actually feel good. Maybe this is what appraisals are for, at least partly. So it takes courage to reduce your facade and be the real you, and it also takes courage to ask and find out what's in your blind spot. But in order to be a great team player, you need to do both of these. So if you disclose more of yourself and also seek feedback, then the area known by everybody, the Arena, gets larger.
And this is the effective working area that a team can use in order to perform well. If I've got a short temper or I'm hopeless at detail or I'm brilliant at coming up with new ideas under pressure, all these things need to be known by me and my teammates, don't they? Now one final thought. If you reduce your facade and your blind spot, you're not only enlarge the Arena, but you also edge into the unknown. Is there anything that you don't know about yourself and nobody else knows about you either? Yes.
And this is really your unexplored potential. This is you as President of the USA, or whatever. You don't know you can do it, nobody else knows you can do it, but actually, you can. So I've previously asked you to think about your facade. Is it a bit large, how could you reveal more of yourself and who should you reveal this to? But now let's think about your blind spot in the same way. How can you find out a bit more about what's in your blind spot? What do people really think about you? Who could you ask about yourself to find out your weaknesses and your strengths? Promise that after this video, you'll take the courage to ask for feedback so that you can become the best you that you can be and that you can be more of your true self.
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