Are your blind spots holding you back?

A project manager asked: What do you think are some key reasons why even good project managers sometimes miss getting great projects or even great career advancements?

Here is my response:

It is easier for us to blame our environment. And believe me I know that there are lots of environments out there where advancement is never determined by individual performance or achievement. Loyalty, in such environments, is often the most valuable currency and people in power positions tend to surround themselves with people they like and those that are like them.

But sometimes there is not much you can do in these circumstances to change the environment. It is tough. However, even in these environments, there is still a lot of work we can do to achieve personal mastery by examining and eliminating any blind spots that may be holding us back.

I see too many Project Managers define success as bringing projects on time, on budget, and on scope whatever it takes, leaving behind a long trail of bruised egos, hurt feelings, and broken relationships. Too often, the PM is not even aware of their behavior or the impact it has on others.

Uncovering these blind spots is easier said than done.

I wrote about such blind spots recently on my blog www.GuerrillaProjectManagement.com in a post titled: “Uncovering the Project Manager Blind Spots” where I tackled in details the following typical blind spots:

1.  The need to be the smartest person in the room

2.  Finding it difficult to say I don’t know

3.  The need to fight and win every battle

4.  Trying to be everyone’s friend

5.  Not admitting when we are wrong

6.  Blaming others for our mistake

7.  Avoiding conflict

8.  Taking on too much responsibility

9.  Hogging the Spotlight (and claiming credit for other’s accomplishment)

10. Not asking for help

The easy blind spots are those that people bring to our attention. If we are really listening, and not defensive, we can learn a lot and make the needed changes.

The hard ones are the unconscious behaviors that we are not aware, and that nobody brings to our attention, yet negatively impact how we show up or how we are perceived in our organizations.

I would love to hear your take on my response. Also, what other blind spots have you uncovered in your or in others?

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Are your blind spots holding you back?

A project manager asked: What do you think are some key reasons why even good project managers sometimes miss getting great projects or even great career advancements?

Here is my response:

It is easier for us to blame our environment. And believe me I know that there are lots of environments out there where advancement is never determined by individual performance or achievement. Loyalty, in such environments, is often the most valuable currency and people in power positions tend to surround themselves with people they like and those that are like them.

But sometimes there is not much you can do in these circumstances to change the environment. It is tough. However, even in these environments, there is still a lot of work we can do to achieve personal mastery by examining and eliminating any blind spots that may be holding us back.

I see too many Project Managers define success as bringing projects on time, on budget, and on scope whatever it takes, leaving behind a long trail of bruised egos, hurt feelings, and broken relationships. Too often, the PM is not even aware of their behavior or the impact it has on others.

Uncovering these blind spots is easier said than done.

I wrote about such blind spots recently on my blog www.GuerrillaProjectManagement.com in a post titled: “Uncovering the Project Manager Blind Spots” where I tackled in details the following typical blind spots:

1.  The need to be the smartest person in the room

2.  Finding it difficult to say I don’t know

3.  The need to fight and win every battle

4.  Trying to be everyone’s friend

5.  Not admitting when we are wrong

6.  Blaming others for our mistake

7.  Avoiding conflict

8.  Taking on too much responsibility

9.  Hogging the Spotlight (and claiming credit for other’s accomplishment)

10. Not asking for help

The easy blind spots are those that people bring to our attention. If we are really listening, and not defensive, we can learn a lot and make the needed changes.

The hard ones are the unconscious behaviors that we are not aware, and that nobody brings to our attention, yet negatively impact how we show up or how we are perceived in our organizations.

I would love to hear your take on my response. Also, what other blind spots have you uncovered in your or in others?

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Are your blind spots holding you back?

A project manager asked: What do you think are some key reasons why even good project managers sometimes miss getting great projects or even great career advancements?

Here is my response:

It is easier for us to blame our environment. And believe me I know that there are lots of environments out there where advancement is never determined by individual performance or achievement. Loyalty, in such environments, is often the most valuable currency and people in power positions tend to surround themselves with people they like and those that are like them.

But sometimes there is not much you can do in these circumstances to change the environment. It is tough. However, even in these environments, there is still a lot of work we can do to achieve personal mastery by examining and eliminating any blind spots that may be holding us back.

I see too many Project Managers define success as bringing projects on time, on budget, and on scope whatever it takes, leaving behind a long trail of bruised egos, hurt feelings, and broken relationships. Too often, the PM is not even aware of their behavior or the impact it has on others.

Uncovering these blind spots is easier said than done.

I wrote about such blind spots recently on my blog www.GuerrillaProjectManagement.com in a post titled: “Uncovering the Project Manager Blind Spots” where I tackled in details the following typical blind spots:

1.  The need to be the smartest person in the room

2.  Finding it difficult to say I don’t know

3.  The need to fight and win every battle

4.  Trying to be everyone’s friend

5.  Not admitting when we are wrong

6.  Blaming others for our mistake

7.  Avoiding conflict

8.  Taking on too much responsibility

9.  Hogging the Spotlight (and claiming credit for other’s accomplishment)

10. Not asking for help

The easy blind spots are those that people bring to our attention. If we are really listening, and not defensive, we can learn a lot and make the needed changes.

The hard ones are the unconscious behaviors that we are not aware, and that nobody brings to our attention, yet negatively impact how we show up or how we are perceived in our organizations.

I would love to hear your take on my response. Also, what other blind spots have you uncovered in your or in others?

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