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Self awareness 2012

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This presentation was developed for a workshop called “Developing Self Awareness”. We kick off this workshop with the video “Imagine Leadership” The key sentence of the video is “Be the Change You Want to See in This World”.
In order to be the change we want to see, we need to know in what this change consists and how we can contribute to it. In a few words, we need to know… WHO WE ARE.

Regarding Self‐Esteem
We need to develop self‐esteem and to see ourselves as capable, successful and worthy.

Regarding Internal Locus of Control
Successful managers and leaders are capable of abstracting themselves from the particular situation they are involved in and, from this neutral point of view, they can recognize when they succeed and when they fail.

Regarding Values
Personal Values: we need to distinguish Standard of Conducts from Desired Ends of Goals. The firsts concern values that are very well rooted in myself and influence every single decision. The seconds are newly created values that are consistent with my final objectives.

Regarding Gordon Gekko and Greed
Take a look at fantastic Michael Douglas’ monologue “Greed is Good”
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONXpaBQnBvE)

Regarding Learning Styles
We tend to privilege a particular method when we learn something but the best possible learning happens when we have the chance to experience the whole learning circle.
Example: learning how to write a business plan.
‐ You can read a very well done business plan and learn by Reflective Observation
‐ You can study what a business plan is and what needs to be done in order to perform it. This method is called Abstract Conceptualization
‐ But only if you Experiment it and get the Concrete Experience you’ll get the best possible learning experience.

Regarding Attitude Toward Change
Everything is much more dynamic than it used to be, considering both:
‐ Companies: mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, closings, openings, new
markets…
‐ individuals: if 20 years ago a person used to stay in the same company for the whole working life, now it has been proved that we will change job 10 to 14 times
in our life.
So, please, don’t sit down, keep looking around you and be prepared for the change!

Regarding the Sensitivity Line
This is a very theoretical topic but extremely useful in order to introduce a very important factor in the development of our Self‐Awareness which is FEEDBACK. Always ask for FEEDBACK!
And be humble! We can learn from every person we encounter in life. Sometimes we believe that we can only learn from people that are better educated or older or more successful than us.
We need to overcome this belief because we can learn from any other person’s experience, regardless of her education or status or…
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Self awareness 2012

  1. 1. DevelopingSelfAwarenesshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuuTlQ0FzEU
  2. 2. EVER WONDER WHY SOME PEOPLEALWAYS SEEM TO KNOW WHERE THEY ARE GOING IN LIFE? NO MATTER WHAT THEY WANT TOACHIEVE, THEY KNOW EXACTLY WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE
  3. 3. ARE YOU DOING LIFE OR IS LIFE DOING YOU?
  4. 4. ARE YOU CONSCIOUSLY CHOOSING WHAT YOU MOST WANT?
  5. 5. SELF AWARENESSistheprocessof UNDERSTANDINGone’ sownBELIEFS, THOUGHTS, MOTIVATIONS andrecognize how they AFFECT OTHERS Boyle, 2005
  6. 6. It’s a LIFELONG PROCESSthathappensgradually, but at times it can be helpfultoPUT EFFORTintoRAISING OUR SELF AWARENESS
  7. 7. 5 pillars of SELF AWARENSS E.Q. CoreSelf- Learning AttitudeTowa Emotional Values Evaluation Style rdChangeIntelligence
  8. 8. EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCERECOGNIZE and DIAGNOSE yourownEMOTIONS CONTROL YOUR EMOTIONSRECOGNIZE and DIAGNOSE the EMOTIONS displayed by OTHERS
  9. 9. EMOTIONAL ResearchsuggeststhatINTELLIGENCEis4 times MORE IMPORTANT THAN IQ IndeterminingMANAGERIAL and LIFE success
  10. 10. CORE SELF-EVALUATIONSELF-ESTEEM: theextenttowhichpeopleseethemselves as capable, successfulandworthy LOCUS OF CONTROL: peoplebeliefabouttheextenttowhichthey can control theirownexperiences INTERNAL LOCUS OF CONTROL: “I wasthe cause ofthesuccessorfailureforthechange” EXTERNAL LOCUS OF CONTROL: “somethingelsecausedthesuccessorfailure”
  11. 11. Research suggests that ... SUCCESSFUL MANAGERS andLEADERShave a higherINTERNALthan external LOCUS OF CONTROL moreover,theytendNOTto be manipulative, insensitiveandselfish
  12. 12. VALUES CULTURAL VALUES:patternsofvaluessharedamongpeople in variouscountries PERSONAL VALUES: whatpeopletendtovalue in theirdecision, both standards ofconductanddesiredendsorgoals ETHICAL DECISION MAKING AND VALUES
  13. 13. GORDON GEKKO istotallyOUT GREED isNOTgoodany moreLessCOMPETITIVENESS, more SHARED VALUE Michael Porter, Mark R. Kramer: “The Big Idea: CreatingSharedValue”, Harvard Business Review, January–February 2011
  14. 14. LEARNING STYLE Anindividual’sinclinationto PERCEIVE,INTERPRET and RESPOND toinformation in a certainway. Concrete Experience ActiveExperiment ReflectiveObserva ation tion AbstractConceptu alization
  15. 15. ATTITUDE TOWARD CHANGEBecauseMANAGERS and LEADERS mustwork in anENVIRONMENTofCHANGE,itisimportanttounderstantone’sTOLERANCE tosituationsthat are AMBIGUOUS, UNCOMPLETE, UNSTRUCTURED andCHANGING
  16. 16. The SENSITIVITY LINE:the Enigma ofSelf-Awareness Thepoint at whichindividualsbecome DEFENSIVE or PROTECTIVE whenencountering INFORMATION ABOUT THEMSELVES whichisinconsistentwiththei r SELF-CONCEPT
  17. 17. The SENSITIVITY LINE: the Enigma ofSelf-Awareness Overcomingit... by receiving INFORMATION thatis VERIFIABLE, CONTROLLABLE and PREDICTABLEby INTERACTING withothersand ENGAGING in SELF- DISCLOSURE
  18. 18. ASK FOR FEEDBACK, ALWAYS!And rememberthe IMPORTANCE of HUMILITY “Ifyouhave a humbleeagernesstolearnsomething, yourlearningopportunitieswill be unlimited” Clayton M. Christensen: “Howwillyoumeasureyour life?”, Harvard Business Review, July - August 2010
  19. 19. WHY TO BECOME SELF-AWARE To improve PERFORMANCETo MANAGE YOURSELF: set appropriate GOALS, choose appropriate CAREERS, manage STRESS To understand differences between YOU and OTHERS:understand why others REACT to you the way they do, adapt your COMMUNICATION to others’ need, develop INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
  20. 20. HOW TO BECOME SELF-AWARE Know your PREJUDICES Know your MOTIVATION and NEEDS Know your RESPONSES FEEDBACK from FRIENDS and FAMILYFEEDBACK from PEERS (active listening and openess) FEEDBACK from YOURSELF
  21. 21. The 5interviewquestionsaimed at verifyingourself- awareness (weshould know theanswer eventhoughwedon’thaveanyinterviewschedu led...)
  22. 22. 1Whatmakesyouunique?
  23. 23. 2 What are your 3mainstrengthsandyour 3 mainweaknesses?
  24. 24. 3How wouldyou describe yourpersonality?
  25. 25. 4What’syourfavoritewebsite andwhy?
  26. 26. 5 What are your long-termprofessionalgoals?
  27. 27. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hd_ptbiPoXM&feature=channel
  28. 28. Pier Francesco Verlatopier.verlato@projectmoon.it
  29. 29. References• “BecomingSelf-Aware”, a UniversityofSurrey Career Service’sDocument• “DevelopingSelf-Awareness”, Craig W. Fontaine, Ph.D., Northeastern University, College of Business Administration• “The Variety of Self-Awareness”, David Chalmers, Ph.D., Australian National University 30

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