Often fear of failure leads to being stuck in our current state. Our perspective on failure is clearly related to whether we move into new opportunities in our life or remain stuck in situations where we are frustrated with our circumstances. In this podcast, Andee and Rhonda explore the brain process of moving from stuck to higher levels of competence, as well as how our perspective on failure impacts our ability to get unstuck.
The Conscious Competence Learning model was developed in the 1970’s by Noel Burch at the Gordon Training Institute. And this is what our brain tells us. There is a process we go through as we develop a new skill/knowledge/thinking process. This is how it goes:
For many who are stuck in their role, this is the place they fear. They know if they admit their conscious incompetence, they’re going to need assistance in some way to learn the new thing that will get them unstuck. And so they stay stuck, frustrated with where they are; knowing that there must be something better, but unable to find a way to the place they need to go. That’s the time and place where a coach, a counselor or a mentor could be so valuable in helping them see a different option, a way of moving from conscious incompetence to conscious competence.
The Conscious Competence Learning Model is a cycle that repeats over and over in our lives. We become competent in one area and find another where we desire to develop our skill, a new area of competence that will add to our repertoire of tools for success.
The JoHari Window is a self-awareness tool. Using it gives me a clearer picture of who I am, how I am viewed by others and my impact on those around me. This tool focuses on what is known and unknown by self and by others. The Johari window has been around for 60 years! It was created by two psychologists, Joseph Luft and Harrington Ingham in 1955. It’s a helpful tool for personal growth as well as for team development.
The Johari Window helps you become a Bold & Courageous Leader.
JoHari Window consists of 4 quadrants – each quadrant represents information regarding the individual and whether it is known or unknown by self or others.
Quadrant 1 is the Open Area.
When working with others, it’s important to be as open and transparent as possible. The goal is working toward an open quadrant that is as large as possible.
Quadrant 2 is the Blind Quadrant.
Each of us has a blind area, areas of self that we can’t see, but that are obvious to others.
Quadrant 3 is the Hidden area.
This area is information we see, but keep hidden from others. We all have parts of our life we choose to keep hidden. Those hidden things can be idiosyncrasies or a major faux pas we want to keep covered. Bold & Courageous Leaders create an atmosphere of trust and safety.
Disclosure is always at the discretion of the individual team member. No one should be pressured to share things they don’t feel safe or willing to share.
It’s amazing what a team and the individuals within the team can accomplish when they establish safety and trust within the group. Through trusting relationships:
Quadrant 4 is the Unknown Area.
This area is information unknown to the individual and others. It is a source of latent abilities, skills and desires we possess or experiences we’ve buried in our subconscious for some reason. Information in this area can be positive or negative.
What do we do with this information on the JoHari Window?
As Bold and Courageous Leaders, our goal is being in the Open Space as much as possible. It is part of who we are. The more we develop our Bold & Courageous identity, the deeper our awareness of self and how we interact with our context. We will always have blind and unknown areas. Intentionality helps us to manage these quadrants. Seeking self-awareness and feedback limits the size of our blind area. When I face a challenge in my leadership, looking for blind spots that impact others is part of my leadership responsibility. I don't just hold others accountable, but I also look in the mirror and take an account of my own behavior.
The JoHari Window is a tool for increased self-awareness. It works for individuals and team development. It provides a framework for understanding relationships between people and teams. As a Bold & Courageous leader, I encourage you to consider this tool for your toolbox. Use it to make your team and your relationships safe places to be as open as possible.
Download a copy of the JoHari Window here: http://www.rkpbusinessadvisors.com/documents/Rhonda%20Peterson-Johari%20Window.pdf
Fran LaMattina, consultive coach, Master Certified Coach and owner of Strategies for Greatness, joins us for a fast-paced interview about Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and the difference it can make in your leadership. She provides us with an understanding of what EQ is and how it adds to our ability to make a difference in our work and personal life.
Highlights from the interview:
“The faster we go, the less margin we have for openness.”
Resources Fran mentioned in her interview:
Suzanne Bandy shares her experience of understanding and developing her strengths. This understanding led to a new position that allows her to use her strengths and help others gain awareness and use of their strengths. She now describes herself as a Bold & Courageous Leader, because she understands her strengths as strengths, not as weaknesses. She can see her contribution through her strengths.
Highlights of the podcast include:
• When you understand your strengths, you can step out and fully embrace who you are and not apologize for it.
• To be bold and courageous is to get past fear….past the fear of not being what someone else wanted or expected you to be. Rather you’re living out of your strengths, the masterpiece work God created for you.
• To call forth and honor the strengths of all on the team is the role of the leader.
• Taking on a role that is not in your strengths withholds opportunity for someone else to contribute their masterpiece work to the team and the world.
• As leaders, we need to help others understand they will make their biggest contributions in their strengths. Our role is to give them the freedom to find that place.
Resources mentioned in today’s podcast:
Strengths Based Leadership, by Tom Rath and Barry Conchie