“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” Albert Einstein
Category Archives: Pain/Gain
More Questions to Consider. . .
In order for an organization to stay healthy, its members must have a clear sense of who they are and what they can accomplish…in terms of a product they make or… in terms of a service they perform. Members must feel they have a share in it. Fred Pearson
Earlier today, I published a post entitled, “What’s YOUR Question Today?” at LinkedIn Pulse https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/whats-your-question-today-jo-ann-m-radja The subject matter was innovation, feedback from the world’s largest architectural firm founder, Arthur Gensler and a change management Design Group Study Guide from the University of Chicago. A number of questions were posted from the Design Group Study Guide. I would like to share with you additional questions because they acknowledge how you may be able to work through different perspectives in a group or team. Here they are:
What expectations do the leaders have for the group/team? Is there a match with the expectations of the team? Are the expectations in line with the agreed goal of the project? If not, is it time for the group/team to agree an expectation has a place to be articulated in the group and may be unrealistic.
“How do your attitudes compare with the team members? Are your observational skills improving? Are your skills at listening to others, and asking effective questions, getting better? How were you influenced by others, for the better, in the group/team?”
“What skills do Group Leaders need to get the job accomplished? What skills do group members need to work together? How has your participation in the group/team increased your understanding of your company and your place within the company?”
Personal growth will only be realized when you recognize what was difficult for you, your lack of understanding of an issue, or dealing with another person, or making a tough decision. No one ever said self-development was easy and that’s why we love to do better by stretching ourselves in our careers! Have a great week.
“Jo Ann” M. Radja, Executive & Career Management Coach
Do What You Can…
We were supposed to be at a better place by now and some of us thought we were. Turn the page, and Summer’s Heat caused violent storms across the U.S. Very dark, flat and low cloud formations covered the sky resembling ribs of bevelled glass.
Hundreds of thousands of people now without electricity and water. Homes again destroyed. Yet the spirit of man found solace, and sometimes humor, in doing what you can to get through the day. Neighbors with chain saws personally cut through large fallen tree limbs to permit traffic to move though the street.
So many tree limbs fell through roofs of homes, or onto cars, whether parked or in motion. People were unable to move out of harm’s way. Then the Sun came out.
So we do what we can do. We help one another. We clean up. We prioritize. We don’t blame. We take each step to see solutions. We move forward. We learn to do without. We keep our emotions in check because it is easier to do so when the “worst” is over. We choose to act the way we Want to be Known As.
Kind thoughts to all who are finding courage within themselves this week. Your far away neighbors are thinking of you.
“Jo Ann” M. Radja, Career Management Coach & Change Agent. July 2, 2012
International Coaching Week February 5-12, 2012
This week is International Coaching Week 2012. Professional Coaches who are members of the International Coach Federation around the world join together to inform their communities about the benefits of coaching and the value it brings to people.
My gift to you today is a Coaching Tool, which is an interpretation of the Johari Window (JW). The JW is used all over the world in everyday life, in many professions, industries, as well as government agencies. Decades ago, it was created and developed by Business Psychologists Ingham and Luft [see note below.]
Many of us have heard the phrase, ““feeling the pain” of not having something, or pushing ourselves through “the pain” in a sports activity. Take a look at the Coaching Tool; it is called the Pain/Gain Window. When you read through the tool’s window text, keep in mind how you would answer the questions. Since most of us have something in our lives that we want, and don’t quite immediately know how to get it, this tool may assist you in your focus of the issues.
Try it out. I presented it to someone a few months ago. The professional, was thrilled to learn of a tool that organized thoughts and emotions together.
Have a great week and Enjoy! Jo Ann M. Radja, Career Management Coach & Change Agent as well as International Coach Federation (ICF) member.
Notes: (1) Discussions about the Johari Window and its applications can be found by visiting http://www.mindtools.com, http://www.businessballs.com and http://www.en.wikipedia.org.