The New Johari Window #18. Quadrant One: Continental School of Thought Regarding Interpersonal Needs and Quad One General Implications

The New Johari Window #18. Quadrant One: Continental School of Thought Regarding Interpersonal Needs and Quad One General Implications

Our public strengths (known competencies) are usually what get us in trouble—not our public weaknesses (or even unknown or non-revealed weaknesses). We need feedback from other people (Quad 2 to Quad 1) if we are to know when our strengths are inappropriate or over-used. We don’t need feedback that this is a strength—this we already know—but we do need feedback about when best to use this strength. I am articulate—but I talk too much in some settings. What are those settings in which my strength of articulation is over-used or inappropriate, and what is the impact of this misuse? About this I need feedback.

Looking Ahead

As we turn to the dynamics of the other three quadrants, we will keep returning to this theme of appreciation and to the processes of disclosure and feedback that enable us to enlarge our Quadrant One in an appropriate and selective manner. We begin this fuller exploration by turning to Quadrant Two.

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William BergquistWilliam Bergquist, Ph.D. An international coach and consultant in the fields of psychology, management and public administration, author of more than 50 books, and president of a psychology institute. Dr. Bergquist consults on and writes about personal, group, organizational and societal transitions and transformations. His published work ranges from the personal transitions of men and women in their 50s and the struggles of men and women in recovering from strokes to the experiences of freedom among the men and women of Eastern Europe following the collapse of the Soviet Union. In recent years, Bergquist has focused on the processes of organizational coaching. He is coauthor with Agnes Mura of coachbook, co-founder of the International Journal of Coaching in Organizations and co-founder of the International Consortium for Coaching in Organizations.

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