Everyone has professional blind spots, habits, behaviors, etc. that negatively affect the way they are perceived by other co-workers. For example, someone may be very smart and highly qualified, but others may see them as conceited and elitist, which affects how that person and others around them function in the workplace. As a coach, your professional blind spots could affect how your employees view you and you’re coaching.
How do you fix professional blind spots?
1. First you need to make a list of how you want to be perceived.
-It will be easier to be perceived well if you have set goals and hold yourself to them.
2. Have others give you feedback.
-Find a co-worker or employee that you trust, and then have them give you a full assessment or evaluation. Have them tell you what your professional blind spots are and how other employees view you in the work place. This will give you an inside look at your unconscious habits.
3. Actually fix it!
-Don't see it as criticism, but as a helpful learning tool, make sure to analyze it and apply it to your everyday life, especially when coaching.
-Be prepared to adjust your attitude and behaviors.
Being able to recognize your professional blind spots will help you be a more effective coach and help you create a more suitable and comfortable coaching culture. The first step to coaching and training your employees is to first coach and train yourself.
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