049: Mini: Blindspots

This week I went to coach supervision and I discovered a useful blind spot.  That got me thinking about other blind spots and how to go about shining a light on them.

Let me know how you got one!

Transcript

Hello and welcome to this weekly mini-episode of the Curious Coach podcast.  This week’s episode is all about blindspots.  It was prompted by a recent trip to see my coaching supervisor as part of group supervision.

Supervision is an essential part of the coaching process.  This is a place of safety and trust, where a coach can come to reflect on things that are happening for them as they work as a professional coach.

The supervisor, who is a trained and experienced coach themselves, will help other coaches deal with professional practice questions and challenges.  The process is similar to coaching but is also quite different in many respects.

During this particular session, I gained some clarity on a specific self-doubt issue that I’d started to notice within myself.  With a few simple questions from the supervisor, I realised that I was failing to see part of the puzzle I’d been trying to work through and solve in my head.  I’d been blind to this piece despite lots of thought and energy being devoted to trying to solve it on my own. But there it was, like a massive puzzle piece that just seemed to appear out nowhere!

And that’s the thing that got me thinking for this episode:  Blindspots.  We all have them at various times and because we’re blind to them, we’re probably not even aware that we have them.

So, how can we become aware of them?  Become aware of our own blindspots?

Well, obviously, working with a coach can help.  But, depending on the situation and the challenge, there might be other things you can try.

For me, I sometimes have the best eureka moments when I go from a run, where I’m now distracted, my body is on autopilot doing the repetitive action of running, leaving my brain free to wander, and eureka, something magically pops into my head that I hadn’t thought of before.

Sometimes it can also help to redefine the question.  Imagine you’re trying to come up with a presentation and you’re stuck trying to get started and you don’t see any good options.  Ask yourself a different question:  Rather than what should I say to start my presentation, you could ask yourself, what’s the one most important thing for the audience to remember from this presentation?  Simply looking at things from a different way can help you see things you didn’t see before – you’re shinning a light on those blindspots.

Have you ever had a situation where you’ve gotten stuck at something and as soon as you start to explain it out loud to someone else, you suddenly see something you didn’t see before and you rush off all happy – the other person may not have even said a word.   Again, you’ve just found something that was hiding in a blind spot!

So that’s the challenge for you this week.  What question or challenge have you been struggling with and how can you shine a light on any blindspots you might have?  Whether it’s reframing the question, talking it through with a friend or coach, or heading for a walk or a run… what can you do this week to find those blindspots that might be stopping you?

Anyway, that’s it for this week.  I hope you enjoy reflecting and I’d love to hear how you got on, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch by sending me an email to stephen@stephenclements.ie and that’s stephen with a p.h.  Full details of this and all the other episodes can be found on my website at stephenclements.ie/podcast

Thanks for listening and until next week, don’t forget - stay curious!