How To Improve Your Professional & Personal Performance?

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Personal Development

Whatever the function you occupy, the valorization of your talents and potentials, the improvement of your performance, etc. are just as many ways to explore and develop to succeed in your profession and gain serenity.

The challenge here is to be able to provide the best of yourself by respecting who you are as well as your values. The keys to personal development are thus in the hands of each of us, even if it is possible – sometimes advised – to be supported in his approach. An external eye can, indeed, turn out to be good aloi!

If such a venture is not a long, quiet river and can sometimes be a source of anxiety – usually related to change, to the unknown, it still remains that it is a fabulous adventure and rich in teachings…

What is Personal Development ?

Derived mainly from humanistic psychology – whose main founders are Abraham Maslow and Carl Rogers, the approaches in this field focus on the development of the person: positive change, evolution (personal, professional), development of skills and soft-skills, deepening of knowledge, improvement of his mode of communication, etc.

The goal at work is to gain efficiency, productivity, boost his career, take on new responsibilities, improve the way he manages his team, better communicate, etc.

Various theoretical approaches propose specific exercises and techniques, including :

Transactional Analysis (AT) : defined by Eric Berne, American psychiatrist, in the 60s, it is based on personality and distinguishes 3 states of the self or postures – the parent (moral consciousness), the child (affective) and the adult (neutral and rational attitude) – which define social relations and interpersonal communication (relational Exchanges called “transactions”).

Depending on the states of our own self, we function differently. It thus allows a real psychic decryption of what is played “here and now” during interactions between several people.

Neurolinguistic programming (NLP) : created by John Grinder and Richard Bandler in the USA in the 1970s, it is based on 3 fundamental principles – programming (how we react to experiences buried deep within ourselves that serve as references for our behaviors ; Neuro (how to change, reprogram our behaviors) and Linguistics (influences of our verbal and non-verbal language on our interactions with others).

According to Grinder and Bandler, every individual has in him the necessary resources to change. It is a matter of technique and willpower.

Positive thinking or how, through autosuggestion, to turn negative thoughts into positive behaviors. This current is not scientifically validated.

Positive psychology-to differentiate from the previous approach: it is interested in what gives meaning to life and thus makes people happy, resilient and positive by analyzing the conditions and processes that contribute to the development or optimal functioning of people, groups and institutions.

What are the axes of work?

Everything inevitably begins with a fine self-analysis. Because to hope to improve, it is essential to know each other well. Mode of operation, motivation, strengths, weaknesses, self-confidence, charisma, management of criticism, bad habits… the ways of personal improvement are many and varied ! This will allow everyone to get together and structure their personal training plan , for example.

We identify 4 major areas of work in terms of personal development.

Relationship To Self

The aim here is to align your professional life with your true self, to understand your way of working, to analyze your strengths and weaknesses, your motivational levers, your career desires, to detect and analyze your brakes, your sources of dissatisfaction, order to gain efficiency and develop a certain serenity.

Some tracks and methods to explore :

Practicing self-motivation: essential to identify your sources of motivation and adopt an effective evolution strategy.

Learn how to manage your strengths and weaknesses: this will help you strengthen your strengths and improve your weaknesses if needed, but also give you an objective view of what you are made for.

Getting rid of bad habits: becoming aware of your habits will allow you to remedy it.

Get to know each other better thanks to Johari’s window: a simple and very effective method that will make you, among other things, gain authenticity and become aware of your dark side.

Improve your concentration at work: learn to identify sources of distraction, understand your functioning will induce a better concentration, guarantee of efficiency, productivity and saving time in your learning in particular.

Learn to read faster: by training your brain to spot the key elements of a document, whatever it is, you will be able to read more and effectively, a real time saver.

Build and use a decision tree: here is a tool that allows a fine analysis of the options available to you for a faster effective decision.
Relationship to others

Since humans are not made to live alone and need others to exist and flourish, it goes without saying that it is essential to work out this aspect of our personality that is our relationship to others.

So here it is a question of harmonizing our way of interacting with others : our way of communicating, exchanging, behaving in public, but also the relationships we maintain – or sabotage – with our entourage.

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Develop your relational ease: social intelligence is a pillar of communication and a significant asset to manage your career, unite your employees, establish your leadership, etc.
Active listening: listening fully to your interlocutors without judgment is an indispensable quality to manage, negotiate, convince, inspire, but also be heard!

Knowing how to say no: to refuse intelligently and rightly is to respect yourself and respect others. This will help you assert yourself, establish your authority with your collaborators, etc.

Make a good first impression: it is customary to say that you do not have twice the opportunity to make a good first impression… Your interlocutors will remain on this feeling about your personality, your skills, etc. that they will have at your very first contact… So, take the time to work this meeting and put all the chances on your side !

Communicating correctly: verbal and non-verbal language are the basis of successful communication.

Delegate effectively: control your time, motivate your employees, orchestrate talents optimally… all this depends on your ability to delegate.

Getting to know your new employees: your first contact with your new team will be decisive for the continuation of your mission and the posture you will adopt.

Relationship To His Experience

It is important to be aware of the weight of our past experiences in our present actions and behaviors . All of these are the keys to moving forward and overcoming obstacles, affirming yourself, establishing authority or leadership, taking a step back or rebuilding yourself after failure.

To discover to work this aspect : Being abe to bounce back after a failure: resilience is a significant asset, both in private and in professional life.

(re) inflate self-confidence: essential to be a minimum credible in your manager posture and impose yourself as such and establish a climate of confidence within your team.

Learning how to deal with criticism: knowing how to do the part between purely personal attacks and constructive remarks in order to be able to react adequately is a real advantage.

Developing his charisma: presence and magnetism are 2 essential qualities for a manager who is keen to naturally inspire and train his troops to success.

Relationship To Values

The objective here is clearly to be in accordance with its own convictions and values, both in its management mode and in its adherence to those of the company. Respect for his deep self is the foundation of a real authenticity and a certain serenity in his position as manager.

Dare to say no: Dare to oppose you when what is asked of you betrays your convictions or opposes your deep personality is a pledge of authenticity, justice and respect.

Develop your emotional intelligence: becoming aware of your emotions and the impact they have not only on you, but also on others will allow you to have a more just, more upright manager posture.

Use mindmaping: to map your thoughts and understand their path.

Practice meditation, mindfulness: to manage your stress, be open to others and respect their differences, better manage your emotions and take the necessary step back in times of crisis.

Take your professional – but also personal-life in hand… Only action drives change !