We all have a unique mix of “good” and “bad” traits. There is so much we don’t know about our inner thoughts and processes that the inward journey at times can be surprising. 

Self-awareness requires self-examination. If we are selfaware, it is easier for us to focus our mind, concentrate and direct our attention toward activities that will give us the opportunity to change.

Self-awareness is essentially a way of introspection that doesn’t shut the world out, but rather brings it in for assessment against one’s own feelings and behaviors. We must learn to observe our emotions, thoughts and behavior without judgment or evaluation.

Once upon a time, I regarded “selfawareness” as something that was of little value to me. It seemed too touchy-feely.  I never considered that I needed to find myself, because I was never lost. Later, I realized that becoming more self-aware, was an Edge Learning skill that is never mastered. That learning how to manage yourself and how to productively engage with other people is not bias to the stage of life I was in.

Self-awareness is about being honest with yourself.

We all have a self-image of how we want others to perceive us. You might view yourself as punctual, but in reality you are often late to appointments.

Self-awareness is about focusing on the reality of your behavior and not on the story you tell yourself about yourself.

When you become more aware of you, you also increase your Self-confidence.

According to my business parter, Dr. Tony Alessandra:

Self-Confidence is the food that feeds our personal growth. It’s an indispensable part of achievement. Self-confidence stems from the self-awareness of our intrinsic worth as individuals. We are blessed with an incredible amount of potential, most of which is untapped

Dr. Tony Alessandra

Self-confidence works best when based on your own knowledge and self-respect, rather than on comparisons of yourself with others. So how do you gain that knowledge?

There are many techniques you can practice to develop selfawareness. In this article, we will take a look at 5 core assessments that measure different, yet important ‘core styles’ of the whole person. Used individually or in a variety of combinations, these five core assessments offer you and your organizations the opportunity for self-awareness and boosting professional performance, exploring the ‘whole person.’

the whole person - Core Assessments
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Identify Your Learning Style – The Learning Style Assessment Tool:

The Learning Styles assessment identifies each individual’s best means for learning and retaining new information.

You may like to process information through text, while others need visual support and images. You may like to work alone, while others like to work in groups.

How often have you been in a classroom and someone else just grasps the concept being taught intuitively, while you need a ‘blueprint’? We all learn differently.

Understanding learning styles offers the key to maximizing and organization’s training efficiencies, enlightening its management teams and even assembling top performing teams.

Imagine if post secondary institutions invested in their students to better understand the learning style of the student, how more effective the learning taking place would be?

Identify Your Motivational Style – The Motivators Assessment Tool:

You may be aware of your motivations to some degree. Exceptional self-awareness means you are better at recognizing opportunities that correlate with their inherent motivations, thereby increasing your likelihood for success.

The motivators assessment will offer you the practical applications and insights necessary to maximize your performance and project outcomes.

There are seven universal dimensions of motivation that drive you: aesthetic, altruistic, economic, political, regulatory and theoretical.

  • Aesthetic – a drive for balance, harmony and form. 
  • Economic – a drive for economic or practical returns. 
  • Individualistic – a drive to stand out as independent and unique. 
  • Power – a drive to be in control or have influence. 
  • Altruistic – a drive for humanitarian efforts; help others altruistically. 
  • Regulatory – a drive to establish order, routine and structure. 
  • Theoretical – a drive for knowledge, learning and understanding. 

Identify Your Behavioral Style – DISC Assessment

Imagine if you could waive a magic wand and have a tool to help you identify— and use to your advantage— the predictable aspects of communication? That would be invaluable.

DISC teaches you powerful behavioral profiling skills which can directly improve performance and increase productivity in a variety of settings and professional frameworks.

When you learn your behavioral style you will also learn to positively persuade other people and drive sales, build “A” teams for special projects, improve your hiring & selection, empower others and so much more.

The first time I took DISC, I wasn’t shocked at learning my behavioral style but was SHOCKED at how much insights I received about others. It was the first time I had the right knwoeldge to understand that the golden rule, ‘treat others how I want to be treated,’ wasn’t always going to be as effective as The Platinum Rule, ‘treated others how they’d like to be treated.’

Fast forward 12 years later, and i can honestly say that DISC has given me the knowledge to apply insights into every relationship I have foster better communication and cultivate deeper long-term relationships.

Not to mention, I have also learned that a person’s behavior is often the strongest predictor of fit. This is why DISC is recognized globally as one of the leading assessments in the hiring process.

DISC will teach you specific skills to improve your own interpersonal interactions. Understanding your natural DISC behavioral style, is really just the first step. You also need the specific recommendations unique to your individual profile to enact powerful and demonstrable returns. To see significant professional and interpersonal benefit, you also need fast, effective learning strategies that demonstrate immediate results.

Identify Your Thinking Styles – Hartman Value Profile Assessment

Problems arise when we face an obstacle on our path, whether it is the path to success, to a loving relationship or to a great vacation.

Imagine if you had a tool that with uncanny accuracy measured your unique thinking approach, or even better if you are a leader, the thinking style of others? An individual’s thinking style is defined by their problem solving strengths, their problem solving struggles and their ability to avoid the blind spots associated with situational bias.

People solve problems in order to achieve success in their business, create a more satisfying relationship or grow to their next level of their career.

In order to be really great at problem solving, you must be a great critical thinker, have good judgement and be able to effectively make decisions. However, those blindspots and situational bias can often derail your efforts.

The Hartman Value Profile Assessment captures your specific thinking pattern and documents your brain’s natural selection process when making decisions. Understanding the ability to process information is directly linked to leveraging strengths and limiting potential performance blockers.

Your thinking and mental processing ability, like a musical or sports talent, can be honed and improved. However, to improve one’s decision-making, an individual must first fully understand the balance of thinking style strengths and challenges. There are three core thinking dimensions + six sub-dimensions measured by the Hartman Value Profile:

  • People (Intuitive Thinking) is measured by assessing Empathy and Self Esteem
  • Task (Practical Thinking) is measured by assessing Practical Judgment and Role Awareness
  • Systems (Conceptual Thinking) is measured using Systems Judgment and Self Direction

Now you can reveal thinking style insights about problem solving aptitude, thinking style communication and prioritize your strengths and the strenghts of others.

Identify Your Emotional IQ Styles – Emotional Intelligence (EIQ) Assessment

Better understanding how you apply your current EIQ and the outcome of your interactions with others will make you a better leader and a better performer.

The Emotional Intelligence (EIQ-2) assessment helps you understand the way you apply your emotional intelligence in terms of style, preferences and behavior. It will bring clarity in determining how appropriately and effectively you apply your knowledge and feelings in a given situation. It’s this understanding that forms the basis on which you can make adjustments in order to be more effective in the future; personally as well as professionally.

A person with a high emotional intelligence is more likely to be aware of and manage his/her behavior in stressful workplace situations. That balance lends itself to improved decision-making and leadership. A person with a high emotional intelligence level is also likely to be better at “reading” the emotions in others, thereby engaging them for more profitable and mutually beneficial outcomes, whether that be in sales, management, customer service or team projects.

It’s a popular misconception that emotional intelligence is largely irrelevant in business, and doesn’t equate with professional performance. In fact, according to a recent study, Emotional intelligence is the strongest predictor of performance.

There’s a good reason why we humans are so interested in understanding ourselves. As the old saying goes, “knowledge is power.” The more self-aware we are, the more we’ll be able to gain from our work and our relationships and flood ourselves with an infinite number of possibilities to grow and thrive.

Become More Aware of You

Lisa Patrick
Lisa Patrick | Business Development Specialist

More about Lisa Patrick:

An advisor to influencers and business leaders, finding new opportunities for them. Lisa’s contagious personality and zest for life resonates with audiences everywhere. Lisa is a strategic thinker and the founder of Lisa Patrick Assessments. A serial entrepreneur, who’s goal has always been to help others by ensuring they have the right opportunity with the right strategy to create new possibilities.

Lisa is a believer in realizing one’s potential. The impossible is attainable and only you can judge the level of your success.

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