From a general perspective reflecting learning helps us to question our past actions/motives in hopes to better ourselves from the views and assumptions that limit our lives. Fundamentally, reflective practices can be comprehended as ‘consciously thinking about and analysing what one has done (or is doing)(….) ’(. Mezirow, 1991; Rolfe, Freshwater & Jasper (2001) ‘explains reflective learning as a process that allows individuals to look back over experiences, allowing them to reflect upon them, which in term gives them the ability to make sense of them’. Reflective thinking is an important skill to attain in regards to higher learning and professional work/career, because as mentioned earlier it advances ones skills to question and evaluate
It will also allow me to work out what stage in my professional career I am at. In addition to this I will also assess my strength, ability, knowledge and behaviour. This is because all these factors alter my professional behaviour. Assessing myself personally will help me to guide my career improvement and effort. It will also show me where I need to change to rectify important weaknesses and improve my ability to undertake key roles in my job title.
In the area of question 4, the actions I believe I need to take are to be more inquisitive and to create a stronger feedback loop between my coworkers and myself. I need to ask others for their points of view and to pay more attention to changes in the environment and how those changes are perceived. I need to encourage my coworkers to voice their opinions openly and to let them know that differing perspectives are always welcome. In the area of question 10, the actions I believe I need to take are to be more open to criticism and contrasting points of view. I find it hard sometimes to accept contrasting points of view or criticisms when I feel strongly about an issue.
When I looked at the different definitions I could see where I fit in the development stages. I can see where I need more work on my thought process. To become a deeper and critical thinker I will need to work on my emotions and shortsightedness. A Practicing Thinker is someone that I believe has not mastered thinking, but continues to grow more aware of deeper thought processes in a way that it is natural for them to sit back and reflect on a situation, problem or even simply an idea, and see many different ways of approaching dealing with them. I believe this understanding of how far it is I indeed have to grow will help me when dealing with the different thing I come across in my day.
A second skill or strength that I have is perspective taking. I like to take into consideration other people’s feelings, ideas before making a judgment or just to justify my actions towards them. By putting myself in their shoes I have a better understanding of their lives and the way they see things. Another skill that I have is relationship development. Connecting with people is important and at times difficult.” Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher” (Oprah Winfrey).
Kouzes and Posner (2012) discuss results of a study conducted on effective leadership in The Leadership Challenge. In this study, it is revealed that there are five practices of exemplary leadership. These practices find that exemplary leaders model the way, inspire a shared vision, challenge the process, enable others to act, and encourage the heart. In order to illustrate these practices various real life case studies are included. Overview and Summary Before explaining these practices in detail, the authors laid out two important laws of leadership that are the foundation for the five practices to be successful.
Self Assessment Assignment As a counselor in training, there are many skills that I still need to improve. Being able to work with actual clients broaden my view of counseling. Clients would discuss experiences that are unexpected to the counselor, and counselors need to be ready at any moment. It is fascinating for me to learn that although clients might be experiencing similar difficulties such as anxiety or depression, each client has a unique story behind them. Although I encounter some difficulties working with clients, being able to apply the skills that we learned in actual session helps me to further understand how to work with them.
Therefore, throughout a conservation, there are several steps to follow in order to become a better listener which is also recommended by the IEEE themselves. Step 1 is to face the “speaker” with full attention and maintain good eye contact while trying to be relax. Next phase is to picturize the speaker’s story. Then, ask clarifying questions during pauses or at the end. It is very bad and rude to interrupts or imposes solutions midway.
My methodical approach discovered in the Team Dimension Profile will also be a great benefit when trying to develop a step by step plan. When I provide directions for a task or plan I try not to assume people already know things especially if it is something new or haven't been discussed in awhile. I also give my subordinates the opportunity to ask questions and ensure they fully understand the task before exiting the conversation. I also believe it is important to recognize your people. Recognizing your people in relation to deliberate leadership will help to motivate and encourage subordinates in their journey as the strive to reach their goals.
My strengths and weaknesses are now becoming clearer to me so that I know how to make use of the strengths and reduce the impacts of the weaknesses. I also explore some new strengths and weaknesses that I have never known before. Regarding the strengths, firstly, I have learned that my skills of setting a clear goal and having a definitive mind in making decision are useful for me in preparing my negotiation strategy. There are significant issues that are needed to plan carefully prior to the negotiation. These issues are the target point, the reservation point, and BATNA.