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What is personal development all about?

Personal development

Eric van den Broek

on 19 December 2014

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Personal Development
Refers to activities that:
Improve self-knowledge and identity
Develop talents and potential
Build human capital and employability
Enhance quality of life
Contribute to the realization of dreams and aspirations.
Understand Self
Understand Others
Adapt & Connect
Develop Usable Interpersonal Strategies
Improve Leadership Skills
Ability to think
Solve puzzles
Reason critically
Inter-personal skills
Emotional intelligence
Moral value
Creatie-spiraal, Knoope
Learning cycle, Kolb
“To reach port we must sail – sail, not tie anchor – sail, not drift”
Franklin D Roosevelt

(You should also know where you are…)
Expect to make mistakes
In learning new skills, there is a risk!
You must expect to make mistakes
How did you learn to walk?
Why do so many people see feedback as criticism and respond aggressively?
“Whatever your present situation, I assure you that you are not your habits. You can replace old patterns of self-defeating behaviour with new patterns, new habits of effectiveness, happiness, and trust-based relationships.”
Stephen Covey “the 7 habbits of highly effective people”
Who am I?
Understanding Self
Understanding Others
Power of teamwork
The Act of attributing meaning to sensory data received
Based upon your previous experience
Per second we are exposed to 4.5 milion stimuli
The mind interprets patterns based on past experience – or on patterns it already knows.

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We all have different Views on the Reality
Public Pane
The part of our conscious self of which we are aware and is known to others
Includes our conscious attitudes, behaviour, motivation and values

Private Pane
Cannot be known to others unless we disclose it
That which we freely keep within ourselves, and that which we retain out of fear
The degree to which we share ourselves with others (disclosure) is the degree to which we can be known
Blind Pane
Things about ourselves that we do not know, but others can see more clearly
Things we imagine to be true of ourselves, but that others do not see at all
When others say what they see (feedback) in a supportive, responsible way, and we are able to hear it, we are able to test the reality of who we are and are able to grow

Unknown Pane
We are more rich and complex than we, or others know
From time to time something happen – is felt, read, heard, dreamed – something from our unconscious is revealed
Then we ‘know’ what we have never ‘known’ before
“The most decisive qualities in a person are often unconscious and can be perceived only by others.” - Carl Jung
“What is unconscious, usually emerges in projection. The opposite that troubles us will continue to be projected until we understand it better.” - C.A. Meier
How does Gloria feel about Paul?
Dear Paul

I want a man who knows what love is all about. You are generous, kind, thoughtful. People who are not like you admit to being useless and inferior. You have ruined me for other men. I yearn for you. I have no feelings whatsoever when we’re apart. I can be forever happy-will you let me be yours?

Dear Paul

I want a man who knows what love is. All about you are generous, kind, thoughtful people who are not like you. Admit to being useless and inferior. You have ruined me. For other men I yearn. For you, I have no feelings whatsoever. When we’re apart, I can be forever happy. Will you let me be?

Yours Gloria
“I did not say he stole that money”
By Eric van den Broek
Environment for personal development
Abraham Maslow
Practise then from the start to say to every harsh impression, "You are an impression, and not at all the thing you appear to be." Then examine it and test it by these rules you have, and firstly, and chiefly, by this: whether the impression has to do with the things that are up to us, or those that are not; and if it has to do with the things that are not up to us, be ready to reply, "It is nothing to me." - Epictetus
Other tooling
Do's and Don'ts
Confident, determined
Loves challenges
Influencing others
Poor listener
Can be seen as arrogant
May push too hard
Doesn't wait for feedback
Approach to life: inner certainty / Focus on action
Goals: Personal achievement and meeting challenges
Seen by others: Impatient
Be direct & to the point
Focus on results & objectives
Be brief, be bright and be gone
Hesitate or waffle
Focus on feelings
Try to take over
Strenghts & Weaknessess
Stress Signals
Stress Causes:
Lack of focus
Being out of control
Stress signals:
Become aggressive
Irritable, demanding
Allow for fast action
Take decisions or time out
Put them in control
Strenghts & Weaknessess
Do's and Don'ts
Stress Signals
Approach to life: Fun & Interaction
Goals: Recognition
Seen by others as: Disorganized
Quick to build relationships
Friendly and socialble
Adaptable, imaginative
Skillful presenter
May lack focus
Too casual for some
Poor planning and follow-up
Can lose interest
Be friendly & sociable
Be entertaining & stimulating
Be open & flexible
Bore me with details
Tie me down with routine
Ask me to work alone
Stress causes:
Restriction on flexibility
No interaction and fun
Personal rejection
Slow, methodical pace
Stress signals:
Over responsive
Appears opinionated
Critical & rebellious
Allow room for manoeuvre
Save face
Distract onto something different
Strenghts & Weaknessess
Do's and Don'ts
Stress Signals
Strenghts & Weaknessess
Do's and Don'ts
Stress Signals
Approach to life: Focus on stability, values & supporting others
Goals: Harmony
Seen by others: Mild & docile
Build deep, long-term relations
Natural listener
Sincere & warm
Slow to adapt
May lack enthusiasm asking for a decision
Avoid rejection
Takes difficulties personally
Be patient & supportive
Slow down & work at my pace
Ask my opinion & give me time to answer
Take advantage of my good nature
Push me to make quick decisions
Spring last minute suprises
Stress causes:
Unfair or impersonal treatment
Violation of values
Sudden change
Interruptions of time pressures
Stress signals:
Become silent, withdrawn or hurt
Judgemental, impersonal, resistant
Stubborn and over cautious
Personal contact to restore trust
Understanding sincerity
Put the task aside to another day
Approach to life: High standards & correct
Goals: Understanding
Seen by others as: Dull & boring
Knowledgeable & detailed
Air of competance
Asks probing questions
Thorough follow-up
Initial interaction may be difficult & stuffy
questions may be seen as critical & insensitive
Overlooks others' feelings
Focus on inconsequential details
Be well prepared & thorough
Put things in writings
Let me consider all the details
Get too close or hug me
Be flippant on important issues
Change my routine without notice
Stress causes:
Lack of information, structure & logic
Poor quality of work
Time wasted or task rushed
Stress signals:
Becomes questioning & deliberate
Nit picking
Aloof, withdrawn & resentful
Get their feedback on the way foreward
Informational & emotional support
Back to beginning & analyse more carefully
Do it!
To stimulate you, to think differently about your day to day behavior.
(by the way: you are good the way you are!)
80% of communication is done non-verbal
So, even if don't say anything, you do communicate!
How you communicate, results in a reaction by someone else.
Action is reaction
Does this reaction contribute to your goals?
If you cannot communicate directly (1-on-1 or phone), only then communicate per mail.
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