Starting the conversation…

What do you think is your own greatest leadership blindspot?

Host: Jess Dewell
Panelists: Pamela Barroway, Liana Pomeroy

What You Will Hear:

Be ok with blindspots and get to know them.

Blindspots have a dynamic.

The way awareness looks, sounds, and feels like.

Action is a part of awareness.

Change causes friction – internally and externally.

Sometimes a blindspot illuminates a deeper problem and requires some problem solving.

Personal stories about how a desire for self awareness emerged.

The impact of blindspots on priorities.

How blindspots affect growth strategy.

Take time to think [about goals, growth, and are for the right reasons].

It’s BOLD to embrace your blindspots.

Notable and Quotable:


Liana Pomeroy 2:21
Being comfortable with blind spots for me is really the key.

Liana Pomeroy 3:50
I think that’s probably the biggest thing is being able to make friends with what didn’t work.

Liana Pomeroy 4:17
Being okay with the blind spot. Being okay with a screw up and going, “Oh, look at that.” “What did I learn?” “How could I do it better?” This world changes every day. So we have to be able to be self reflective. We have to be able to get intimate and close with our problems and the things we don’t know yet.

Pamela Barroway 5:15
The reality of how much work it takes to make a viable living freelancing, it can be a slo. And it is never ending, and that’s my my blind spot with regards to that is just recognizing the enormity of that.

Pamela Barroway 5:49
To get the business and make the connections, the necessity in 2018 of having a robust social media marketing plan for yourself on one or two platforms that you focus on. It doesn’t have to be a huge undertaking, but you do have to have it and you do have to be focused about it, and methodical so that you are making those connections and getting leads.

Liana Pomeroy 8:20
That becoming aware of something that we’re uncomfortable with is the first step. Allowing that into our for foreground, and seeing it in front of us, and being able to be with it. So awareness of a blind spot starts there, and then I do think that you still have to take a look, at it get intimate with what didn’t work, what didn’t happen, the things we’re most uncomfortable with actually. I think that’s what awareness with our blind spots feels like.

Pamela Barroway 8:53
There needs to be some concrete and positive action to recognize that surmount the blind spot.

Pamela Barroway 10:18
Unless you’re aware of them and are taking steps to mitigate them, then yes, one blind spot can build upon another in a really negative way until you’re just like, oh my god, what am I going to do?

Liana Pomeroy 11:27
When we get quiet and we sit down and we really look at anything we’re doing or thinking, especially the stuff that’s not working. At first, it feels bigger.

Liana Pomeroy 12:04
It’s hard to admit that I make mistakes. And so when I look at a blind spot, it’s going to get louder and bigger and messier first. But actually, once I dig in, it calms down, it becomes a teaching tool instead of a problem.


Liana Pomeroy 12:29
When we give things attention, they’re no longer hooking us. So for me, when I think about blind spots, it’s things that I’m not doing well are things I’m stepping over and pretending you’re okay when maybe they just really need my attention. And once I look at them, I’m able to get power around that situation. Again, I’m able to examine it and then find out, okay. Once I admit my mistake, then I can step back into power and actually solve the problem.

Liana Pomeroy 13:07
Something goes wrong all the time. I mean, there’s just so many moving parts. And so if I’m relating to the problem, and I can take a step back and look at it, usually there’s a really easy solution. So usually five minutes after the uh-oh, or the not feeling good is Oh, wow, that’s even better. Isn’t that great? There’s actually some positive that comes out of it.

Liana Pomeroy 23:41
I love time blocking. I love prioritizing using business planning tools because if I don’t have them, I just charged through my day.

Liana Pomeroy 25:26
We think oh, if I’m going to do well in life, I have to be the one to charge forward and do it all. And having learned that, that that’s not true. And in fact, when I’m not following, you know, my values and I’m not prioritizing my day, I’m not doing such a great job for anyone, including myself. My clients are suffering, my business suffers and different times I’ve had to actually stop because I get sick from it.

Pamela Barroway 26:05
Sometimes you can’t power through. You recognize that in like the most personal way possible because your body would just said no.

Liana Pomeroy 30:41
It’s all about planning. It’s all about putting things down on paper, taking the time to think about it, making sure that personal and professional goals makes sense and that they’re driven for the right reasons.

Liana Pomeroy 31:44
Choice and planning, I think are the two keys. Taking the time, Jess you you’re saying that, getting quiet, actually thinking about what do I want to accomplish today? Next month, next year.


Liana Pomeroy 32:33
Business planning is really important, personal priority list, again, going back to time blocking going, what am I doing all day so that I’m not constantly at the whim of a client or the next phone call or the next thing that comes up. It’s so much easier. There’s actually more time in my day when I do that. I mean, there aren’t more hours but it feels like there’s twice as much time in my day when I take the time to think about what do I want to be doing?

Pamela Barroway 34:44
Having self reflection and then acting upon that, that is bold because so many people don’t do it, that when you see somebody taking action on it, it’s really startling to see?




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What do you think is your own greatest leadership blind spot?  

The ability to own up to our weaknesses as leaders provides us with important information. Where we react, avoid, even power through are areas that put the choices we make on weak ground. The more we can embrace our whole self means that we are also more prepared to accept others and their own blind spots. Jess Dewell hosts panelists Pamela Barroway and Liana Pomeroy to discuss leadership blind spots.

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