Manager, leaders, and consultants all suffer from the same blind spot.
We may recommend others do things which we’ve not done ourselves.
This may make us blind to how difficult something actually is.
For example, in the past, I’ve recommended that new people keep an ‘onboarding journal’ for the first month at the company.
Now I find myself in the position of needing to take that very advice.
And I can tell, with all honesty, that it’s harder than I thought it would be.
I won’t go into why it’s harder – that’s not the point.
The point is I didn’t see my blind spot until the situation revealed it.
From that I’ve learned something about onboarding, keeping a journal, and giving advice to do things I’ve not experienced first-hand.
It’s no wonder that most changes leaders try and introduce fail. We don’t really know what we’re asking – so we don’t really know how hard it is.
Have you ever experienced this?
How do you avoid this mistake?