Several years ago, I worked with a coach who had endured and partially overcome severe optical problems. (Hi, Tom!) Many people whose eyes don't work so well (think Helen Keller) have clear views in other areas of life. Tom helped me gain incredible insight into many things i couldn't see. My eyes see better than most people's, but I was blinder than I knew! Still, I know I have many blind spots.
You do too!
As I work with coaches, I gradually discover some of those blind spots. My vision is improving – yours can too!
Several years ago I worked with Landmark Education. I was a participant in some of their programs and a volunteer assistant to their production of several programs. Landmark is a first-class organization helping people see their blind spots. Here's what I wrote about it three years ago.
Recently I re-connected with Brian Wagner, a couple-of-years-ago LinkedIn acquaintance. I spoke with Brian on Zoom last week. He's overcome, to some degree, total physical blindness. Does that mean he sees everything? Of course not! I'll let him tell you his story in this TED Talk.
Brian says, “I've helped thousands of people see. I could have helped thousands of people more see if they'd only known that they were blind”. As a coach you've no doubt seen this many times as well.
As Brian recovered from brain surgery, which restored some physical vision, he realized…
He began to truly recover only when he began to admit that he was blind. He points out that we usually can't identify our blind spots by ourselves. Meditation and journaling provide some insights. We often need outside counsel to find the deeply hidden ones, though.
The world needs much more of this work. Brian Wagner is among those helping people open their eyes. If you are a coach you surely do as well. My hat's off to you!