My journey towards self-development begins with an opportunity to take inventory of what I am and what i still need. In the first two sessions I came across intrapersonal skills, effectiveness-- understanding myself (and my goals, strengths, weaknesses, style, biases) and improving self-management skills, such as time management and stress management.
As I discover, 'knowing myself' i may not be as easy as it sounds. However, I was given tools to facilitate this process. By visiting each of the four tools in these sessions, I have increased the odds in achieving intrapersonal effectiveness and, ultimately, personal and professional success and satisfaction
This first leg provides a solid start to my journey, as well as a strong foundation on which to build interpersonal, team-based and leadership skills in the units that follow. Therefore, this course would be assisted to observe much wisely about the things we do and people we manage. This workshop would be great tool for discover your hidden talent and weakness. Eventually, this would be tool for measure your career plan aspects where you would end up in your corporate career.
Practical knowledge and knowing things from watching other people is different. I had a good experience when i was give a few question in the class and act as a manager to know where i stand in this practical world. When u have many ideas in mind it is very difficult to implement in the real world.
i involved myself in to the questions to have an clear idea where i belonged according the questions, after the result i had some creative ideas, i even heard of even more better ideas from my class mates which were more practical than what i thought. Team development and right approach in right time leads to the success. From this workshop in class i came to know that my creative ideas were not bad and can perform better in the future with more number of tasks like this.
Work For Quantity
One of the most important thing what i have discovered is to be open and come out with innovative ideas which I feel. "Quantity breeds quality." People must experience a "brain drain" (get all the common responses out of the way) before the innovative, creative ideas can surface; therefore, the more ideas, the more likely they are to be quality ideas.
Imagination Of A Picture
Self-imagination is another important tool that is used to make myself more imaginative and think what I can do with that picture and get the imagination answers out of my mind. Imagine and analyzing yourself makes you as if you are already in to the position where you wanted to look yourself. I was give large number of pictures in my class it took me lot of time to decide which one to choose, all look important choosing the best three and taking the correct decision was the most important. I had many thoughts in mind but I am happy that I choose the important to my kind of thinking.
For example you want to be brave and courageous, and then feel brave, conduct yourself without fear as if you are already brave, and then courage will automatically follow you. Once you step forward and implement this you will get the response if not the first time, will be ready to take the challenge next time.
If i try to be out most, to be brave and put up efforts, and think that i can't be brave, then all my efforts will be a total waste. My failure to become brave is because of reversed effect. My mind cannot think of two opposite things at one time.
I fail to be brave because I keep thinking that I may fail in doing that task. I believe that i will not succeed in my efforts, in such a case I need a Positive attitude and right approach will definitely lead me in making myself strong and bold.
The Johari Model
The Johari Window is a flat-pack, conceptual model for describing, evaluating and predicting aspects of interpersonal communication.
For one reason or another I keep my information hidden. The fear is risking too much, with exposure to influences/demands and uncertainty. May be i have try to come out of that fear and try all the task even if it leads to failure. I feel this will help me to overcome.
* selfish - I wish to control the situation and non-disclosure could be tactically helpful.
however my intentions could be selfless if I believe that tactful non-disclosure private thoughts may be helpful.
As "I" work with others, I communicate all kinds of information of which I am unaware, but others pick up. How? May be the way i communicate. e.g. a manager's tendency to press too hard in trying to speed up relevant discussion at a meeting to the detriment of others.
What affects me and u may be below the surface of awareness of both parties. Early childhood experiences may lead to the growth of your future. We may have unrecognised resources and traits. Learning opportunities and exchange of feedback in a supportive settings may allow for these influences to surface and be opened - but only if we want to.
Self SWOT Analysis
My Self SWOT is basically raising the level of self understanding and self appreciation. It understands my strengths and weaknesses when evaluating how a situation is to be dealt with. It means focusing my strengths towards a resolution of the problem while at the same time protecting myself from my weaknesses which may adversely affect the outcome. It means understanding the problem in detail and in the context in which it exists so that opportunities for not just solving the problem but perhaps for longer term benefits may be recognized and taken advantage of. It means not just appreciating the possible threats but allowing for the unexpected and knowing that these may have to be dealt with.
STRENGTHS. Strengths do not mean just the obvious job skills of me. Strength, in this context means the resources of my ability that I have to deal with a situation. These could be things like knowledge gained through a hobby, tactics absorbed from sports, family background, a sense of humor and so on. Similarly, strengths in dealing with my situation may not be so when faced with other issues. For example, a tightly focused approach to a problem may be strength when working on an isolated problem, but may be a weakness when working larger or more complex issues.
WEAKNESSES. These may appear to be easier to identify but it takes far more objectivity. For example, sympathy towards the problems i face is a good human characteristic, but in excess it may cause problems in leading a team. As in the case of STRENGTHS, it is essential to be aware of all your weaknesses while dealing with an issue and also to know which weaknesses are relevant to a particular circumstance.
OPPORTUNITIES. It is essential to examine a problem in not only its entirety but also in a wider context to be able to appreciate opportunities that may exist. A simple example is that of a production manager who has to reduce production and lay off workers due to a fall in demand for the company's products. This is a problem. However, if he is aware of what in happening in his industry and the economy, he can use this as an opportunity to streamline operations and prepare for product enhancements the market will require in the future.
THREATS. Every situation has its threats. It is for the individual to recognize and gather his strengths to deal with these. Likely threats are easy to identify, but differentiating between the "impossible" and the "unlikely" may be difficult. It is the "unlikely" that often turns around to bite you! More than the obvious threats, it is the unexpected ones that pose the greatest danger. An awareness of the fact that the unexpected may suddenly occur and a pre-existing knowledge of one's strengths allow for most effective response to these situations.
It is essential to emphasize to people that doing a self SWOT is not a competency or ability evaluation. It is more like baring oneself to a psychiatrist with the difference being that the patient and the doctor are one and the same. This should make honesty in the evaluation process easier since total confidentiality is assured. Self SWOT is basically a bridge between appearance and reality.
Looking at different tools i can clearly say that these tools enabled me and pushed me forward in the way what i am and i am suppose to be. Tools such as brainstorming, johari window, picture imagination, and swot analysis created a great impact in me to be self-aware. Professor Jennifer Mc Coy specifically has taken a great imitative overall in making us to be reflective, thinking, and creative person.