Self-awareness is the foundation of emotional intelligence, yet studies show that while most of us think we understand ourselves, we often have little idea how others really see us. This alarming gap leads to misunderstandings, poor teamwork, increased conflict, poor decision-making and a lack of direction.
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More About the Workshop
In this two-hour session, we will:
• Consider how our image of ourself may differ from how others see us.
• Take stock of our own unconscious attitudes and beliefs.
• Learn to recognise some common barriers to self-awareness, including projection, transference and resistance.
• Learn the technique of ‘philosophical meditation’ to begin to get to grips with the hidden beliefs that lie behind our everyday feelings and behaviour.
What characterises mastery of this skill?
Highly self-aware employees understand the influence of their unconscious thought processes. At work, they might demonstrate self-awareness through a careful process of decision-making and by admitting vulnerabilities to colleagues, clients and managers. They often ask for feedback, in order to better understand how others see them.
What characterises a lack of this skill?
A lack of self-awareness can be observed in employees who do not comprehend the gap between their self-image and the reality of how others view them. They are resistant towards honest and constructive feedback and struggle to accept that others might disagree on their version of reality. This often leads to disagreements, slower learning rates or promotions and avoidable conflicts.
“The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.” — Michel de Montaigne
‘I learned how often we project our inner self, thoughts worries and others and certain situations’
‘It helped me to realise that your reality is not the reality of everyone around you’
‘It emphasised how I can re-set my internal voices to something more mature’
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Frequently Asked Questions
Our specialist faculty has been selected not just on their professional and academic expertise, but also on their ability to engage audiences with their dynamism, charisma and warmth. You can see their profiles on our faculty page.
Each participant will receive exercises and supplementary reading to embed the learning before and after the workshop. In addition, an extensive and printable workbook will be provided for use during the session itself, and as a reference document afterwards.
We generally do not allow filming of any of our live events, as our workshops are a safe space and this would likely inhibit the feeling of safety and privacy required by attendees in order to participate fully. Our goal is always to create the very best experience for our participants, and for that we try to preserve the closed nature of the sessions.
Due to the nature of the material covered in our Workshops, we find that smaller group sizes help everyone to feel relaxed and get the most out of participating, so we have a maximum group size of 30 participants per workshop. If you are looking to engage a large number of people at once, our Talks can be delivered to audiences of any size; and as such they act as a great introduction to The School of Life for Business.
Yes. However, because certain Workshops, Talks and Conversations complement one another and work well in tandem, we often recommend booking them as part of longer programmes, according to your team or organisation’s needs.
These Workshops are designed for corporate training – where an organisation books private sessions for their internal teams, delivered at a time of their choosing.
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