#1 secret to self awareness

Don’t blame the mirror. Humans have an amazing ability to not see their own trash. People have an amazing ability to rationalize and excuse our own nature. As a younger man, exploring my opportunities for growth, I was hungry for feedback. Took me over a decade to start to integrate a solid framework for understanding my strengths and how they contribute to my greatest opportunities for development. Yes, long form for “weaknesses”. Today another couple of decades later and with many hours of coaching professionals who are top performers and professionals who profess to commit to be top players, the … Continue reading #1 secret to self awareness

Wisdom of the day / Bruce Lee

There is a difference between a) the world and b) our reaction to it. Be aware of our conditioning. Drop and dissolve our reaction to it. Inner to outer- we start by dissolving our attitude not by altering outer conditions. For more of Bruce’s personal mindset touchstones, please visit Maria Popova’s beautiful article on recently discovered hand written journals of Bruce: https://www.brainpickings.org/2016/08/01/bruce-lee-notebook/  Continue reading Wisdom of the day / Bruce Lee

Is self interest the dilithium crystal for success?

It’s not as pure as we pretend it is. In transformation and change management, we believe that illustrating how self interest aligns with business goals will promote adoption of the new order. In supervision and performance development, we work to understand the individual’s self interest and leverage it to create traction to perform well and commit to personal growth and take responsibility. It’s not that clear. Humans often exhibit more than self interest. Especially: when they see others demonstrating empathy and commitment to community. Humans do not always do what is clearly in their self interest: The Big Man Can’t Shoot: … Continue reading Is self interest the dilithium crystal for success?

What I don’t know can definitely hurt me

“What I don’t know can’t hurt me” Another case where it pays off to go beyond convention wisdom. On this exploration of self awareness, its centrality in professional and personal growth and how it enables or blocks effectiveness. I don’t have a complete answer for you yet, however a fascinating read I tripped over…subsequently found a couple of podcasts that Dunning was interviewed in. http://theness.com/neurologicablog/index.php/lessons-from-dunning-kruger/ Definitive science that what we don’t know can do serious harm. And some strategies to manage around it.     Continue reading What I don’t know can definitely hurt me

Learning to Learn

Some time ago, I read a great article in the Harvard Business Review by Chris Argyris. “Teaching Smart People To Learn”. The core premise is that smart, highly trained professionals are defacto trained to NOT learn. And by consequence, Argyris’ practice advocated invasive challenge to destroy defences. Yes, “invasive” and “destroy”. Not only did he write those words, I know many who worked with him …he was invasive and offensive! Continue reading Learning to Learn

Do you suffer from Intention Deficit Disorder?

The beauty of the info age is that each of us has instantaneous, fingertip, essentially “always on” access to all the information anyone could every wonder about. In fact, each of us has “always on” access to information that we never dreamed possible and before now, we would not bother with, even if it means walking over to a bookshelf and picking and thumbing through the family dictionary or encyclopedia. So, our new best friends are Mr and Mrs Google, it is easier to answer a text now rather than avoid eye contact with a stranger on the elevator or … Continue reading Do you suffer from Intention Deficit Disorder?