Fri., September 14, 2012 7:40am (EDT)

WORKING: Know Thyself
By Joshua Stewart
Updated: 2 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
Studies say our co-workers and colleagues can predict our behavior better than we can. They actually know us better than we know ourselves. Brandon Smith says that’s because they observe us every day and have a clearer view than we do from inside our own heads. (Photo Courtesy of <a href=http://www.flickr.com/photos/lokner/4164251472/>Michael Lokner via Flickr</a>.)
Studies say our co-workers and colleagues can predict our behavior better than we can. They actually know us better than we know ourselves. Brandon Smith says that’s because they observe us every day and have a clearer view than we do from inside our own heads. (Photo Courtesy of Michael Lokner via Flickr.)
That big project at work just failed spectacularly or you fell short of an important goal, and now you’re trying to figure out what happened.

Research suggests you probably can’t because you just don’t know yourself well enough. That’s just how our brains work.

So you need reliable feedback from someone else. Career coach and leadership consultant Brandon Smith explains and helps us find that good feedback.

Brandon Smith teaches about leadership, communication, and workplace culture at Emory University's Goizueta Business School. More of his advice is on his blog and at theworkplacetherapist.com. While you’re there, ask him your workplace or career question. We might use your question on a future radio segment.