HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW YOURSELF?
The first step towards building a high functioning team is developing your awareness about your personality characteristics, strengths, values, and interests.
.....grab a beverage, sit in your favorite chair, or get out for a walk and tune in here: KNOW THYSELF a 15 minute PodCast by Shannon Weller, Strategic Coach. She helps teams become High Performing and she states that powerful teams have individuals who know themselves.
At Royal Roads University we couldn't agree more.
Teamwork is EASIER when you and your team members begin with understanding self.
Three Key Steps to Knowing Yourself More!
#1. Personality Assessment and Conflict Styles Assessment - Ten minutes each:
ITP Metrics is a website that offers a variety of team assessment tools, check out the short personality assessment, you will receive a well done report outlining five factors of your personality. This report describes how your personality traits can relate to your team interactions and experiences in teamwork.
Click on the Sign up for free button:
- Fill in your name (first, last name)
- RRU Email Address - please use your RRU not personal
- Royal Roads University (organization)
- Select password (write it down!)
- Choose personality assessment
Sharing and discussing your team members' diverse capabilities will help to build your team formation.
#2. Understand your Personal Values - a few minutes:
The Barrett's Personal Values Assessment (PVA) is a simple survey that takes just a few minutes of your time and provides a wealth of information about why you do what you do. If you want a deeper dive into understanding your assessment check out this short self-paced user friendly course.
#3. Reflective Questions - 30 minutes (and well worth it!):
Personal insight is understanding one's emotions, strengths, weaknesses, drives, values and goals and recognizing their impact on others. Self-awareness is a skill that is learned and developed. Use this document to gain clarity prior to sharing responses with your team: Reflective Questions to Know Thyself.
COMMIT TO KNOWING YOURSELF MORE
Self reflection is a key to successful teamwork. The first step is to be curious abour your thinking, this learning about self is a beginning of growing safety in your team.
Explore the summary of what Google discovered in their research: The Five Keys to Success.
Where to start?
Three Steps to Building a Self-Reflective Practice:
#1. Be curious.
Simply be curious about your own thinking. Often we are unaware of our thoughts, feelings, and attitudes unless we take steps to surface them, explore them in a non-defensive way, and potentially, to be willing to re-shape them in order to serve ourselves more effectively. This can require an act of vulnerability.
Watch this Ted Talk featuring Brene Brown, a research professor, talking about vulnerability and building relationships.
#2. Suspend your judgment about your thoughts, feelings, and attitudes.
Ask yourself if this kind of thinking supports you or not in getting the results you say you want.
Here is Simon Sinek stating why self-reflection helps with personal growth.
Reflective thinking can be a great tool for debriefing situations and interactions to enhance your understanding of yourself.
#3. Integrate some reflective tools into your daily life.
- Use a journal to write down your thoughts and observations.
- Begin a mindfullness practice
- Pause during the day to notice your thoughts
Consider this article for a great overview of starting a practice of Self-Reflection.
Why does this matter in a team?
An overview from Saybrook University: Teamwork and the Role of Reflection
as well as this short article: Influence your Team through the Power of Self-Awareness