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Last year I attended an informal CPD workshop on creating solutions, with a focus on how to develop ourselves through the use of Johari's window.
This blog will explore a big elusive question that is widely debated; How do we know what we don't know?
Firstly let me explain briefly what Johari's window actually is. Johari's window is a psychological concept created by Joseph Luft and Harry Ingham in 1955. It's a simple and useful tool for understanding our self awareness, and how our personal development can be implemented within training. Top companies often use Johari's window to shape their CPD!
Thought: A small change can make a big difference, and we all see the world differently - our perspective is our reality!
Please see a few images below of Johari's window (Please accept my apologies in advance for the amount of images in this blog!)
You'll notice that none of the 'windows' act in isolation, and that they all cross pollinate with one another. The far right is arguably the most crucial window, as this is where our 'blind spot' and unknown areas lie. This is where a lot of barriers unknown to us lie, perhaps a really small detail that may act as a barrier to us gaining a qualification or progressing as a coach. I will use an example of a personal experience later in this blog!
I'm sure at some point we have all done a personal improvement grid, or a simple SWOT analysis to highlight our strengths and weaknesses. This helps identify where we're at in our journey, and what we need to do to move to the next step. This will largely link into a lot of growth mindset theories, and how willing you are to communicate these areas to yourself (seeing challenges as opportunities rather than threats) and others, where we need to be open about them with others.
Before doing this, consider;
What can I control?
These may be how you speak to others, how much time you dedicate towards things and what decisions you decide to make!
What can I influence?
Consider how much you can influence others, such as creating a positive environment to learn, encouraging a growth mindset or even influencing how things may be implemented within your team or club. Is their certain channels of people that you have to go through, and what barriers may exist?
Our own Johari's window will look completly different as we all see the world differently. What may seem really important for us to achieve may seem minimal to someone else. But the key is, they can share their experiences with you of how they managed to overcome that personal development point.
Take a look at the images below, and consider how your own Johari's window looks, and does it differ when you discuss these points with peers, line managers, academy directors, mentors or tutors?
So this goes onto the crucial question, how do we know what we don't know? A personal experience of this is when I was taking my UEFA B Licence in football, and I was pretty much in denial about some behaviours that I showed within my session that tutors could see, but I couldn't! These were things such as stopping the session at the right time for a coaching point, and how I could link some coaching 'pictures' to my technical detail. These were all intrinsically linked, and admittedly became a sticking point between myself progressing on the course and passing the assessment. I went away, tweaked a few things in my session and practiced my topic no less than 20 times before my assessment. But the crucial turning point is how I opened lines of communication with my tutor... Through some good conversations with my tutor and their observations of my sessions, I asked them to be brutally honest with me, in the sense that if I didn't give the right detail or picture for a coaching point, that they would either intervene or make notes on that intervention. This built the foundations for a positive working relationship and put me much more at ease. The other crucial aspect is how I also identified the blind spots that were highlighted by my tutor, through the use of recording my voice and filming my sessions ahead of my assessment, which was a painful but eye opening experience!
I then sent these clips off to my tutor who then set a date for my assessment, and I found the assessment a really enjoyable experience! This was because I could visualise some of my development points which made on the spot decisions from my reflections...a time consuming but the crucial difference for me!
Here's some tips on the use of identifying developmental needs and the use of Johari's window;
Thanks for reading, I'd like to know how you have used or considered the use of Johari's window to implement their personal CPD, and how they have communicated this with others to identify blind spots and share experiences.
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