Sоmеtimеѕ wе have tо dо thingѕ thаt mаkе uѕ feel unсоmfоrtаblе ѕо thаt wе саn grоw. Aѕ individuаlѕ, wе аrе liаblе to often stay оut in оur соmfоrt zоnе bесаuѕе we dоn’t want tо ѕtrеtсh оurѕеlvеѕ tо think big аnd do things biggеr thаn оurѕеlvеѕ. So, we resort tо staying in a place оf соmfоrt, even thоugh that place оf соmfоrt iѕ no lоngеr bringing us lifе ѕаtiѕfасtiоn.Organizational Blind spots develop when leadership or part of the operational management team are unable to acknowledge their insufficiencies.
Cultural issues and dysfunctional behavior can undermine the effectiveness of management and lead to inappropriate risk taking or the undermining of established policies and processes. But it can also lead to wasted opportunities.

Let’s take the Swiss watch making company for example and the shattering blow they endured. Many do not know that they developed the quartz movement watches. They did, designed by one of their Swiss design labs. This design however was quickly thrown out since industry leaders believed the traditional design to be superior.
Another company however, while at an industry trade show saw the value and adopted it in their process. Seiko Watch Company based out of Japan quickly added the quartz movements to create inexpensive watches. 10 years later, the Swiss watch maker’s market value dropped from 65% to 10% and it is roughly estimated that around 50.000 Swiss watch makers lost their jobs due to this blind spot.

So what is it that you can do to help you recognize and start minimizing blind spots?

  1. Stay open to feedback, both positive and negative. If you have identified one, ask your supervisor, your peers, your friends in which area this particularly displays. I personal ask my wife or my kids because they will be 100% honestly to you and they are going to tell you the true.
  2. Asking for Feedback is make you feel uncomfortable and somewhat vulnerable is to be expected, but it plays an essential role in your personal and professional growth. You want to entrust someone close to you to hold you accountable to implementing this behavioral change.
  3. Seek the company of diverse thinkers, their perspectives, ideas and experiences can lead to better decision making, problem solving and learning new ways to engage personal and work related endeavors.
  4. Partner with your weaknesses. Find that workplace buddy that is exceptional at developing that chart, which you spend hours on trying to develop. And remember any weakness is an opportunity for growth.
  5. Look into your past. Have you struggled in every position you held, or did you excel? Have you made questionable choices? Do you regret decisions you have made? Identify the patterns and change them the next time a similar situation arises.

Awareness is the deciding factor. Moving forward don’t be afraid to shake things up and ask people you trust for their honest opinion. Include members from diverse backgrounds into your discussion making process and recognize “out of the box” thinking.
It is never too late to start over again. Together we can create environments that will encourage the ideas and problem solving skills desired to identify the next “big thing”.

Manuel Rodriguez

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