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Self-Reflection

One challenge in any profession is the ability to self-reflect accurately. If you have ever been to a wedding reception and watched people dance, then you know exactly what I mean. There are some individuals at the wedding reception who move gracefully around the dance floor and then there are those who couldn’t dance the hokey-pokey or the chicken dance. The only problem is that the hokey-pokey, solid gold dancer doesn’t know he’s bad. In any organization, those who know how they are coming across to others, that is, how their behavior is received, work more effectively than those who do not. We all struggle to achieve this self-awareness, but all too often we fall short. In the studies of educators described earlier, practically all thought they were doing a great job; but only some of them were right. Effective coaches have the ability to self-reflect.