At the heart of our work is our mission, "To Inspire and Develop". All of us at Impact are motivated by helping people achieve their full potential. To be as good as they can be. It's an ambition that we weave into every programme we design and every learning architecture that we create and it's an ambition that we share with our client organisations.
I subscribe to a simple three-stage formula for effective personal development.
Personal Awareness - Who am I? Where am I from? What do I want?
If we don't know ourselves, then how can we expect others to know us.
Social Awareness - The great scottish bard in his poem, "To a Louse" wrote;
O wad some Pow'r the giftie gie us,
To see oursels as ithers see us!
Translated into standard English ...
And would some Power the small gift give us
To see ourselves as others see us!
By becoming consciously aware of how we are perceived by others in a variety of situations, we can build an understanding of how we affect others and how they effect us. Feedback is the key to effective personal development.
Environmental Awareness - The way we interact with the world around us can also be key to our development. Understanding how we respond to different environments can help us create opportunities for personal growth. For example, in the work environment, is it okay to make mistakes and learn from them, or do we need to adhere to tight controls that are designed to ensure the task is completed in a consistent manner? How does competition affect how we behave?
There are many different interpretations of this simple formula. Emotional Intelligence, Action Centred Leadership, The Learning Cycle.
My experience is that all three elements need to be in place in a well-designed programme in order to create the best opportunities for personal development. Awareness is the first step on any developmental journey and is the platform from which we can start to change our behaviour. More on that next week.