Technique 1.79 Self-assessment

Introduction

Organisations should employ people of good character, strong intellect and generous spirit who can participate confidently in diverse communities and are able to grow as unique individuals by recognising their role in relation to others.

This is done by developing cognitive, social, emotional and physical well-being so that people become active and caring members of local, national and global communities. It revolves around 5 approaches/skills to learning, ie thinking, communication, social, research and self-management. This includes the stages of investigation, preparation, action, reflection and demonstration.

This integrated process involves developing skills in a real and practical way to help develop their own identities by enquiry, cooperation, collaboration, teamwork, problem-solving, conflict resolution, thinking (creative and critical), conceptual understanding, critical reflection, analysis of their own thinking, effort and performance plus setting challenging goals and developing the commitment and perseverance to achieve them. 

Answer the following questions by ticking the appropriate column (Yes, Maybe or No)

1. Identifying own strengths and developing areas for growth Yes Maybe No
1.1 Are you aware of your own strengths and weaknesses?      
1.2 Are you open to improvement and growth opportunities that will allow for the development of your own and others people's interests, skills and/or talent?      
1.3 Are you able to propose activities according to your own interests and talents?      
1.4 Are you willing to participate in different and new activities?      
1.5 Are you able to undertake a thoughtful self-evaluation?      
1.6 Are you willing to make the experience enjoyable?      
2. Demonstrating that challenges have been undertaken in developing new skills in the process       
2.1 Are you willing to participate in experience that demands an appropriate personal challenge (this could be a new experience)?       
2.2 Are you willing to become involved in unfamiliar environments and situations?       
2.3 Are you willing to acquire new skills and abilities?       
3. Demonstrating how to initiate and plan, ie investigate, prepare, implement, reflect and demonstrate?       
3.1 Are you able to articulate moving from conceiving an idea to carrying out a plan?       
3.2 Are you able to demonstrate knowledge and awareness by learning from previous experiences?       
3.3 Are you able to show initiative by launching new ideas or processes?       
3.5 Are you able to suggest creative ideas, proposals and solutions?       
3.6 Are you able to integrate reflective thoughts in planning or taking initiatives?       
4. Showing commitments to and perseverance      
4.1 Are you able to demonstrate regular involvement and active engagement in projects?       
4.2 Are you able to foresee potential challenges to the initial plan and consider valid alternatives and contingencies?       
4.3 Are you prepared to maintain interest and involvement in the long term?       
5. Demonstrating the skills and recognising the benefits of working collaboratively       
5.1 Do you listen respectfully to proposals from others like your colleagues, peers, staff, etc?       
5.2 Are you able to work in a team environment?       
5.3 Are you willing to take on different roles within a team?       
5.4 Do you show respect for different points of views and ideas?       
6. Understanding global issues      
6.1 Do you recognise the global implication of local issues?       
6.2 Are you able to identify global issues in the local, regional or national community?       
6.3 Do you show awareness of issues of global importance so that concrete and appropriate actions in response to them can be taken either locally, nationally or internationally?       
6.4 Do you get involved in projects addressing global issues in a local, national or international context?       
6.5 Do you develop awareness and responsibility towards a shared humanity?       
7. Recognising and considering the ethics of choice and actions      
7.1 Do you recognise ethical issues?      
7.2 Are you able to explain the social influences of one's ethical identity?       
7.3 Do you take into account cultural context when making a plan or ethical decision?      
7.4 Are you able to identify what kknowledge is needed in order to make ethical decisions?      
7.5 Are you able to articulate ethical principles and approaches to ethical decisions?      
7.6 Are you able to show accountability for choices and actions?      
7.7 Are you aware of the consequences of choices and actions regarding self, others involved and the community?      
7.8 Are you able to integrate the process of reflection when facing an ethical decision?      
7.9 Do you show awareness of the potential consequences of choices and actions in planning and implementing projects?      

The more "yes" answers, the better your cognitive, social, emotional abilities are. You need to improve on areas identified by "no" answers.

Similar techniques to this include those listed under Ingredient 1 like supportive listening (technique 1.7), critical reflection (1.8), handling feedback (1.9), dialogue (1.10), psychometric testing (1.11), exploring your nine intelligences (1.13), understanding oneself (1.14), optimism vs pessimism (1.18), your behaviour (models 1 and 2), communications (1.38), non-verbal responses (including tone) (1.39), how good are your people skills? (1.75), etc

(source: Churchie, 2018)

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