"We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done." — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Happy holidays and best wishes for 2012!
I’m looking forward to a fresh start in the New Year. I want to make the most of January. Rather than a New Year’s Resolution, I’ll identify three wins that I want for the year. I’ll also start January off with a 30 Day Improvement Sprint.
I know a lot of folks that are also planning on doing a 30 Day Improvement Sprint in January as a way to bootstrap their year. They have Getting Results the Agile Way, and they have the free eBook 30 Days of Getting Results. For many of them, they are going to focus their 30 Day Improvement Sprint on Getting Results. For others, they are focusing on fitness, or personal development, or a habit they want to change, or a new skill they want to learn.
For me, so far I am thinking that I am going to do a 30 Day Improvement Sprint on Self-Awareness. I figure it’s a great way really make the most of the year, by really diving deep on self-awareness.
Here are some of the self-awareness tools that I think are useful to “know thyself”:
- 6 Personality and Work Environment Types (Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, Conventional)
- 360 Degree Feedback
- Character Strengths Assessment (Martin Seligman)
- DISC Assessment
- Golden Circle (Find Your Why)
- Insights Discovery Profile
- Johari Window
- Keirsey temperament sorter
- Leaderhsip Style
- LIFO Survey
- Management Style
- Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
- NLP Meta-Programs
- Riso-Hudson Enneagram Type Indicator
- Rules (Dump your rules – "In order to be a great leader, I need to …")
- Strengths Finder Assessment
- SWOT Analysis
- Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Style Assessment
- Vision, Mission, Values
I’ve found the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), the strengths profile, the Insights Discovery, and Vision, Mission, and Values to be very insightful, practical, and useful for everyday experience. In terms of the most surprising and revealing, I found the Golden Circle to be a great tool for really getting on path and making work and life more meaningful. A lot of executives use it and it’s great for anybody who wants to find their purpose, and connect that with their daily work.
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