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Leadership Blindspots. How Successful Leaders Identify and Overcome the Weaknesses That Matter

  • ID: 2785602
  • Book
  • May 2014
  • 240 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Are You Getting in the Way of Your Own Success?

Leadership Blindspots is packed with detailed case studies examining how blindspots operate, using examples from firms like Apple, Amazon, Hewlett–Packard, JC Penney and JPMorgan Chase. These cases show how a leader’s blindspots can lead to devastating mistakes if they aren’t recognized and acted on. Author Robert Bruce Shaw examines the most common types of blindspots and provides worksheets and assessment tools to help individuals at all levels of a company avoid being blindsided by weaknesses and threats that they don’t see or fully understand.

Praise for Leadership Blindspots

“The best leaders are brutally honest with themselves and their team members, seeing reality for what it is and then taking action to address any weaknesses. Robert Shaw, who has extensive experience working with successful leaders, provides insight into how to avoid fooling yourself about what is really going on in your company and markets.”
—Michael J. Thomson, president and chief operating officer, SunCoke Energy

“Robert Shaw’s book Leadership Blindspots underscores the need to be both confident in your leadership capabilities and, at the same time, open to hearing contrary points of view, including feedback about your leadership impact. Individuals at all levels of a company will benefit from Robert’s clear advice on how to lead effectively.”
—Sylvia Montero, author, Make It Your Business

“Optimism is both necessary and problematic for those leading a company. This book is particularly useful for entrepreneurial leaders who need to be careful that their drive and passion does not blind them to the challenges they face in growing their business. Leadership Blindspots helps you surface what you need to know to be successful.”
—Michael J. Kelly, chief executive officer, On Call International

“Leaders are sometimes blinded to the opportunities to grow their firms because they can’t see beyond their current business model. Robert Shaw highlights the need to test one’s core beliefs and assumptions. In particular, he offers pragmatic advice on building a leadership team that can look at a firm’s vulnerabilities and think beyond the status quo.”
—Mark Ronald, former president and chief executive officer, BAE Systems, Inc.

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Introduction ix

Section 1: Why Blindspots Matter

Chapter 1: The Dangers and Rewards of Being Blind 3

Chapter 2: How to Spot Blindspots in Yourself and Others 17

Chapter 3: The Common Blindspots Holding Leaders Back 35

Chapter 4: Why Blindspots Are an Ever–Present Challenge 55

Section 2: How to Surface and Overcome Blindspots

Chapter 5: See It for Yourself: Customers, Colleagues, and Outsiders 71

Chapter 6: Seek Out That Which Disconfirms What You Believe 91

Chapter 7: Develop Peripheral Vision and See What Others Miss 117

Chapter 8: Build a Network of Trusted Advisors in Critical Areas 131

Chapter 9: Promote Productive Team Fights on the Vital Few Priorities 145

Conclusion 163

Section 3: Additional Resources

Resource A: Blindspot Q&A 173

Resource B: Leadership Blindspot Survey: Self–Assessment 177

Resource C: Common Leadership Blindspots: Feedback Worksheet 183

Resource D: Readings on Leadership Blindspots 187

Notes 189

Acknowledgments 205

About the Author 207

Index 209

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Robert B. Shaw
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