Open the window of your mind. Allow the fresh air, new lights and new truths to enter. Amit Ray
How often do we stop and take a moment to look fully at our lives or the events in them? If your like me and most of my colleagues very rarely.
We are frequently urged to be more mindful and live in the present but often the pace of our lives doesn’t allow for this.
For some of us having tools or resources to stop and reexamine events are a necessary part of reflection. We need to be pushed and prodded to consciously think of all dimensions before we can summarise and form a way forward.
A window as a metaphor for viewing issues
Maybe the metaphor of a window to view the world and the problems within it might assist. I was driven to consider this when revisiting the theory of the Johari Window.
Haven’t heard about the Johari Window? Let me give you a brief introduction.
The window was developed in the early 1900, by two psychologists, as a way to help us examine our relationship with ourselves and others.
The window, like a traditional window, has four panes or quadrants. Each quadrant represents how we see ourselves, and others see us. The use of the window is an organising metaphor to explore how we share insights into our personality and motivations.
In the model the goal is to understand what we share and what we hide to better understand our interrelationship with others. The premise being the more you ‘share’ of yourself the more open and honest are your communication and the more trust you develop with others. As you do so the window quadrants change dimensions with the ‘open’ window growing larger and reducing the size of other quadrants.
In the model there are a couple of quadrants that deserve closer examination – these are the hidden, blind and unknown/unconscious quadrants.
The use of the ‘johari window’ to explore issues has been variously adapted to suit many personal and business applications.
- examining customer complaints,
- project team environment,
- design process and brand identity,
- team building,
- customer relationship management, and
- community branding.
The value of the window might be more in how it encourages us to view the world differently and to examine how an issue might be viewed by others.
It encourages us to question our view of events by putting ourselves in others shoes, or alternatively inviting their input.
Fresh eyes through the window
Too often we sit comfortably with what we know and understand and don’t challenge ourselves to take a fresh look. Sometimes events force us to take a good look.
Perhaps taking the notion of a ‘window’ with its different quadrants and exploring each quadrant will truly give us greater insight into issues and events in our lives.
Love to hear how you approach looking at the world differently? Maybe we could all learn from your approach.
Where to from here
About the author – Helen Attrill, MBA
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