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.
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.
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”
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
‐ 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…