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Self-knowledge is a term used in psychology to describe the information that an individual draws upon when finding an answer to the question "What am I like?" While seeking to develop the answer to this question, self-knowledge requires ongoing self-awareness and self-assessment.

This tool is focused on helping you to know yourself. If you follow the steps, you will gain a very clear understanding of “what you are like” in relation to:

  • How you engage in teamwork
  • How you approach learning
  • How you use your creativity and innovation

The first step asks you to answer some questions about these competences. Then you need to ask some friends or peers, as well as teachers or mentors to answer these same questions about you. The results of this will help you to gain valuable insights and self-knowledge.

Becoming more self-aware requires this extra feedback. This is the 360 degrees idea. As well as looking at yourself in the mirror and answering questions, you are also collecting the views of those around you.

The tool will help you to understand what these results mean and will encourage you to move into the next step.

STEP 2: Taking Charge and Taking Help

“Help, I need somebody, Help, not just anybody”

The tool provides you with a range of guides and resources to help you interpret the results.

There are videos to explain the 360 degrees assessment process, its value and how to use these results in some practical terms.

These set of resources will also be of great assistance as you complete the final step in the tool.

STEP 3: Making The Plan

The final step relates to making a plan and setting some goals for yourself. The tool will again ask you some important questions that you need to answer. The results of your earlier assessment work will be the key for you at this point.

This is the coaching element of the tool.

“Coaching is a development process in which individuals (or coachees) receive support while learning how to move forward in their lives and, in the meantime, overcome obstacles and/or achieve personal or professional goals.

By means of inquiry, coachees are challenged to delve into their inner selves and discover answers and new ways of being based on their values and unique perspective, but they are never led or told what to do by their coach.

If you are determined to reach your goal, then you should be fully aware of your current situation or in other words, your starting point.

Motivation is defined as the process that initiates, guides and maintains goal-oriented behaviors. In other words, it is what causes us to act.

Self-motivated people do what needs to be done, without influence from other people or situations. Those with self-motivation can find a reason and strength to complete a task, even when challenging, without giving up or needing another to encourage them. Your cause must be powerful enough to inspire you. Nevertheless, it must be realistic.”

So this step will allow you to channel your motivation into a specific plan of action. Once you have completed this work, the next step is over to you…

Go and make a change…

But remember to report back on how you got on. Then don’t be shy about starting all over again.

View VteCoach User Guide from here.

User guide video