SELF AWARENESS June 8, 2011 “A true self can not deceive itself” -Rorty
Wednesday – 6/8/11 • Course Administration • Syllabus Change
Most job-hunters who fail to master the job-hunt or find their dream job, fail not because they lack information about the job market, but because they lack information about themselves. -Richard Nelson Bolles Let’s Self-Discover!
Key Things to keep in mind: • Email address – I will be using your UTA address so please activate or check it. • Keep track of your own points • Don’t procrastinate on reading • Assessments are all due Friday, January 28th Don’t forget! • Don’t procrastinate about the LAP.
WEEKLY BOOK RECOMMENDATION “I found myself speechless. How could I know I had a problem if I didn’t even what the problem was?” p. 7 The Arbinger Institute. (2002). Leadership and self-deception. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc..
The course is specifically designed: To be reflective To be all about you
The more open you are to yourself and to others…. the more you will get out of the class.
What people see ACTIONS What you feel EMOTIONS THOUGHTS BELIEF SYSTEMS What you think Generated from your value system
What is deception? Young Red-necked Wallaby-allows it to blend in with its environment.
Different types of deception • Distraction • Camouflage • Physical deception through the alterations of appearances • Dissimulation (concealing truth, half-truths) • Slight of hand • Propaganda • Self-deception cealment. There is also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deception
What is self-deception? To lie to oneself, to hold beliefs outside of awareness. -Sackeim (1983)
“One deceives one’s self to trust something that is not true as to better convince other’s of that truth”. -Robert Trivers
Moral Dimensions What’s wrong with self-deception?
Moral Dimensions Deception versus Self-Deception • Can be harmful to people • Has a disregard for the truth • Generally has a tone of manipulation • Leaves others feeling betrayed • Undermines another’s agency. • Can be harmful to people • Has a disregard for the truth • Involves the manipulation of oneself • Undermines one’s agency • Can become habitual with a need to be perpetuated – a need to see oneself despite the evidence DECEPTION SELF-DECEPTION
KNOW THYSELF …. (Bennis, 1989) “Know Thyself” Was inscribed on the forecourt of the Temple of Apollo circa de 4th century BC The remaining columns of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi, Greece http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Columns_of_the_Temple_of_Apollo_at_Delphi,_Greece.jpeg
Know Thyself - Leader implications: • It is the most difficult task any of us faces, it stay in a state of knowing ourselves. • To understand both our strengths and weaknesses. • To know what we want to do and why we want to do it. • The leader never lies to himself, especially about himself, he knows his flaws as well as his assets and deals with them directly. • Lack of awareness, whether through neglect or arrogance is a major contributor to career derailment. • -McCall, 1998, & Bennis, 1989
“The key to combating the self-deception trap…self awareness” -Pienaar, (2009) Self deception and self awareness: making the connection
Self Deception – Self Awareness: MAKING THE CONNECTION
Self Awareness:A Powerful Tool for Leaders “the need to know and the fear of knowing” -Abraham Maslow (1968)
Leader Implications • Currently there are well over 15,000 published articles and books on leadership. • Focus is on skills, characteristics and behaviors of successful and effective leaders. • There are fewer resources identifying and describing ineffective leadership practices. • Hogan, 2001, according to their research, believe that between 50-75% of leaders are not performing well, they are ineffective. Burke, 2006
Leader Implications con’t • Blakeley, 2007, it is more important to investigate the blind spots of leaders and those in authority as it will normally have more impact. • The higher the position, the more power a person wields the more significant and the blind spot(s) will have over the people involved and on the organization.
Self-Awareness • “Awareness should not be confused with introspection or insight; rather, ‘at its best, awareness is a continuous means for keeping up to date with one’s self…It is always there, like an underground stream, ready to be tapped into when needed, a refreshing and revitalizing experience’ “ (Polster & Polster, 1973, pp. 211-212).
Self-Affirmation & Confirmation Bias • Studies have been conducted (Greenwald, 1980, Alicke, 1985, Zuckerman, 1979, Munro, 2009) that indicate people generally over-estimate their standing on most positive characteristics and engage in self-serving attributional thinking. • When information threatens people’s positive views of themselves, they will seek to ignore, discredit or minimize the significance of the threatening information (Munro, 2009).
GROUP EXERCISE • GET INTO GROUPS OF 4 TO 5 • EACH PERSON SHARE 2 THINGS FROM YOUR ASSIGNMENT THAT YOU WOULD LIKE. • ANY SURPRISES FROM YOUR ASSIGNMENT?