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Leadership Blindspots: How Successful Leaders Identify and Overcome the Weaknesses That Matter
Robert Bruce Shaw


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Format: Hardcover, 240pp.
ISBN: 9781118646298
Publisher: Jossey-Bass
Pub. Date: April 21, 2014

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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.



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“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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Robert B. Shaw is a management consultant specializing in organization and leadership performance. He has worked closely with leaders and their teams in a wide range of industries and is the author of several books, including Trust in the Balance: Building Successful Organizations on Results, Integrity, and Concern.



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Introduction
 
Section One Why Blindspots Matter
1The Dangers and Rewards of Being Blind
2How to Spot Blindspots in Yourself and Others
3The Common Blindspots Holding Leaders Back
4Why Blindspots Are an Ever-Present Challenge
 
Section Two How to Surface and Overcome Blindspots
5See It for Yourself: Customers, Colleagues, and Outsiders
6Seek Out That Which Disconfirms What You Believe
7Develop Peripheral Vision and See What Others Miss
8Build a Network of Trusted Advisors in Critical Areas
9Promote Productive Team Fights on the Vital Few Priorities
 
Conclusion
Section Three Additional Resources
Resource A: Blindspot Q&A
Resource B: Leadership Blindspot Survey: Self-Assessment



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