Posts Tagged ‘Personal Development’

In 100 Words: Eliminate Blind Spots

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013 by Troy Schrock

How honest is your view of your current situation?

Individuals, and thus the organizations they lead, fight the tendency to slip into a mindset of seeing what they want to believe. It is far too easy to avoid tough conversations about data that contradicts our existing assumptions. In turn, we over-emphasize upside conclusions drawn from ambiguous information. We are masters at creating our own blind spots.

Here are four simple ways to eliminate self-created blind spots

• Discount external praise.
• Don’t drown out negative data.
• Extend your normal scope of information inputs.
• Ask others to challenge the “honesty” of your viewpoint.

“If someone is able to show me that what I think or do is not right, I will happily change, for I seek the truth, by which no one was ever truly harmed. It is the person who continues in his self-deception and ignorance who is harmed.”

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Click here to have “In 100 Words” delivered to your inbox twice each quarter!