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How self-awareness can lead to a better business and a more fulfilling life
We all know, that to be a smart entrepreneur or leader of our community, we need strong self-awareness so that we can understand people and their motivations. Yet often, we operate from the mistaken assumption that we understand our own motivations.
In this episode, my guest, organizational psychologist Tasha Eurich talks about how research shows that we are not as self-aware as we think we are. We also talk about how developing this skill can help us be more successful, build stronger relationships and can help us build better and more meaningful businesses and lives.
Some of the points we touch on
- Defining Self-awareness
- Why we often overestimate our awareness
- Why journaling and introspection might not be helping
- The seven pillars of insight
- How to look at yourself from different points of view
- and much more.
We also talked about a simple quiz that can help you understand your current state of self-awareness. Here is the link to the quiz. Insight quiz
“Most people feel like they know themselves pretty well. But what if you could know yourself just a little bit better—and with this small improvement, get a big payoff…not just in your career, but in your life?
Research shows that self-awareness is the meta-skill of the 21st century—self-aware people are more successful, more confident, build better relationships, and are more respected and effective leaders. There’s just one problem: most people don’t see themselves quite as clearly as they could, and it’s rare to get candid, objective feedback from colleagues, employees, and even friends and family.
Fortunately, reveals organizational psychologist Tasha Eurich, self-awareness is a surprisingly developable skill. Drawing on her research with thousands of people around the world, hundreds of scientific studies, and 15 years of working with Fortune 500 clients, Eurich helps audiences discover the surprising myths, unseen roadblocks, and scientifically supported path to self-awareness.”
About the guest:
Tasha Eurich is an organizational psychologist, researcher, and New York Times best-selling author. She’s built a reputation as a fresh, modern voice in the leadership world by pairing her scientific grounding in human behavior with a pragmatic approach to business challenges. With a PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Colorado State University, Dr. Eurich has spent the last 15 years helping thousands of professionals—from Fortune 500 executives to early-stage entrepreneurs—improve their self-awareness and success.
As a writer, she’s contributed to The Guardian, TED.com, The Huffington Post, Entrepreneur, and CNBC.com and her work has been featured in Business Insider, Fortune, Forbes, The New York Times, Fast Company, and New York Magazine, as well as several peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Eurich’s first book, Bankable Leadership, debuted on the New York Times bestseller list in 2013, and has since become a popular resource for managers and executives who want to make their employees happy and produce bottom-line results for their business. Her second book, Insight, delves into the connection between our self-awareness – what she calls the meta-skill of the twenty-first century – and our performance and success, both in life and the workplace.
Dr. Eurich has been named one of Denver Business Journal‘s “40 Under 40,” a “Top 100 Thought Leader” by Trust Across America, and a “Leader to Watch” by the American Management Association alongside the likes of Patrick Lencioni, Ram Charan, and Chip Heath. Her 2014 TEDxMileHigh talk has been viewed more than one million times on YouTube.
In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cycling, historical biographies, and is an unapologetic theater nerd. She lives in her hometown of Denver, Colorado with her husband and their rambunctious dogs.