Saturday, July 21, 2012

Improving on "know thyself"

Do you know who you are?
Do you accept who you are?
HBR author Anthony Tjan wrote a great post entitled "How leaders become self-aware."  To be honest, his title lacks pull but his article although short is incredibly practical and relevant.

He expands the well known maxim, "know thyself," to include improve thyself, and complement thyself.  After gaining an understanding (and acceptance) of your key strengths and personality, you should evaluate your past actions and decisions in order to learn from your own mistakes.

Tjan states that famed investor Warren Buffett makes it a habit to write down the reasons for an important and difficult decision.  In a tumultuous field such as the stock market, being able to revisit those decisions 9-12 months later provides feedback in a unique way.

Lastly, just as no two people are alike on this planet, you should strive to find close friends and family members who complement your personality and strengths.  The best teams are made of varied roles and people.  As you journey through life, you also are provided the opportunity to learn from others and expand and grow as an individual (thus circling back to the first step, "know thyself").

Application:
1.  Using 3-5 sentences write down on an index card your core personality, strengths, and interests.
2.  Review that card throughout this week and find other colleagues and friends who bring out the best in you, make you happier, and help you accomplish the most important things in your life.
3.  At your next critical decision, take the extra time to articulate your entire reasons for and against a decision.  9-12 months after, or the next January 1, review the meaty life decisions you've made and reflect on your (mis)understanding of yourself.


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