12. October 2022

The 6 Vitals of Self-Knowledge

Transforming a business is a challenge and requires leaders to bring their A-game. One of the ways to raise your game is to know yourself better. I have found the tool of the 6 Vital Strengths of self-knowledge helpful.

  1. Values
    What do you want to stand for? There is a long list of values: health, creativity, connectedness, success, kindness, freedom, service, learning, power, calmness, excitement, adventure, etc. Writing down and calibrating your top ten values and focusing on them allows you to take purposeful action.

  2. Interests
    What captivates you? What gives you energy? What sparks your fascination? But also bores you? It is vital to be aware of what really interests you and then to find ways to do more of it and what opportunities are available to you on the transformational journey.

  3. Temperament
    This vital aspect describes how you prefer to engage with the world around you. Are you spontaneous or do you like to make plans first? Are you more introverted or extroverted? Do you decide based on your gut feel or on facts? Asking yourself these questions will help you to determine what situations you thrive in or who might complement you in a team.

  4. Around-the-Clock Activities
    This has to do with your biorhythms and when you prefer to do things. For example, are you a night owl or a morning person? When do you think most clearly, are most social? When is it best for you to eat or exercise? Aligning your activities with your internal clock, you will significantly increase your effectiveness.

  5. Life Mission and Meaningful Goals
    It is helpful to discover and define your purpose and your major goals. Regularly reflecting on and reviewing your commitments, strengthens your ability to engage with life instead of merely responding to events.

  6. Strengths
    Most are very good at a few things and not so good at others. What are your outstanding strengths? Your strengths include not only your skills, experiences and abilities, but also things like emotional intelligence and your character traits, your drive, intelligence and confidence. Doubling down on your strengths rather than focusing on your weaknesses can be a better strategy for making progress.

On which of these 6 VITALS do you feel you have the highest score and on which do you feel you have the most improvement potential?

The Power of Co-Elevation

In a transformation, it is key to create high-performing teams that cut across reporting line structures. In this context, I very much like Keith Ferrazzi’s

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