Understanding what we show others and what they see when they look at us.
The model Johari’s window was created by Joseph Luft and Harry Ingham in 1955. The tool is a useful visual representation of a person’s character, and is represented with a four-quadrant grid.
The tool is very practical in knowing what you project and what you are happy to share. It is a development tool which is very useful for increasing an individuals self awareness. The windows demonstrate the memory they leave and the key question:- “What shadow do you cast?”
1. Public Arena
3. Blind Spot
2. Private Arena
4. Unknown/Secret Self
Public Arena – I know what you know about me, and you know what you know about me.
Some individuals have huge Public windows, they are happy to share everything, from their holiday plans to the interior of their homes.
Private Arena – I know things about myself that I am not willing to share.
Making your windows work for you will be about deciding how much you wish to share with colleagues.
Blindspots – Things you know about me and I don’t know about me
Often known as the bad breath spot, we need to find out more about ourselves by seeking feedback.
Unknown/Secret Self – Things I don’t know about myself and things you don’t know about me
This is the heroic window. We don’t know how we would cope with certain dramatic events as they have not happened. We also don’t know how far our skills will reach, if we don’t take risks. This window is exploratory, however it should not be ignored.
Map out your windows and see where you want to decrease or increase the size.
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