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Posted by on Mar 29, 2010 in Ministry Leaders, Recommendations, Team | 4 comments

What's your Blind Side?

One of our favorite Orange leaders and bloggers is Kendra Fleming. During our last webcast, there was a lot of chatter about knowing our own strengths (and our weaknesses). Here’s part of a very honest post Kendra wrote on this subject– click here to read more.

Are you paying attention to your blind spots? Here are a few things about blind spots:

  • You can’t see them! Seems obvious, but YOU aren’t in the best position to see your blind spots or to know how they are affecting the team.
  • Your greatest strengths can also do damage to your team dynamics.
  • You tend to think that everyone values the same things you value and that everyone is good at the same thing that we are good at. Not true!

I want share one of my strengths and a blind spot. I hope this discussion will encourage you to become more aware of your own. I’ll give you a brief description of the strength, but if you want more information, I recommend that you buy the Strength Finder’s book. It’s a great tool to have on your shelf.

#1 Maximizer
This basically means that I always see how something could be improved. When I look at something or experience an environment, I’m thinking about how it could be done better.

The Blind Spot: When I asked my teammates where they saw this blind spot show up, they told me that it can be discouraging to work so hard on an event and have me move too quickly to evaluation and problem-solving instead of taking a moment to let everyone celebrate and relax from a job well done.

What are some of your strengths and the blind spots that go with them?  If you’re not sure, who could you ask for some real input?

4 Comments

  1. My #1 Strengths Finder strength is Adaptability. No surprise for me or for those who know me. I’m still learning how to maximize on that strength as well as the other four that hit my top 5. Learning the weaknesses of this strength were liberating… One of the weaknesses being that I can be perceived as unorganized or uncaring of details or unproductive because I tend to take a seemingly more laid back approach to decision making and can keep calm in the midst of chaos. I could never figure out why some people saw me as lazy when I worked just as hard or harder than they did. I’ve learned the need to make sure ppl know that about me. Also, another weakness that I’ve learned to be aware of is the tendency to not want to be nailed down. Sometimes that is good, but sometimes that can work to a disadvantage. I’ve learned to make sure I have people in my life who understand me and can challenge me to nail things down when they really need to be.

  2. Thanks, Henry. What you shared makes a lot of sense. Telling people upfront is a good suggestion too.

    My top strengths are Ideation and Input. I have a lot of ideas and I love to learn more. That means that a blind spot can be paralysis analysis if I’m not careful– knowing so much that I can’t decide which way to go. Fortunately I have good friends and teammates who can help me focus my thoughts and to tell me to stop researching and move on to implementing.

    Another great resource more about leading teams is from the same author as StrengthFInder2.0 — called Strengths Based Leadership– Great leaders, teams and why people follow. http://www.amazon.com/Strengths-Based-Leadership-Tom-Rath/dp/1595620257/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1269886069&sr=1-1

  3. Thanks for that link… Ha! my other four strengths are ideation, futuristic, includer and input.

  4. Hey Henry– well, then you and I in the same room might be way too many ideas and learning :) Maybe that’s why I enjoy your blog so much. I actually follow those with activist and strategist– followed up with a healthy dose of the one about knowing individuals and what makes them tick! Reggie also shows up as futuristic if I remember right. That’s a much needed trait for the church and leadership right now. See you in a few weeks at Orange!

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