Johari Window

The Johari window helps people better understand their relationship with themselves and others. It was created by psychologists Joseph Luft and Harrington Ingham. Each four 'window panes' represent information, feelings, motivation. The quadrants grow or shrink in size depending on what is (un)known. Use this as a tool to objectively understand a current team dynamic or even a misunderstanding between you and coworkers. For example, if you need help from others for a project they know nothing about, this is a hidden area and you need to share information. Or if you are unaware of something you are doing that bother others, the blind spot quadrant grows out of proportion. You need to ask for feedback to gain awareness and improve the relationship. You can also get positive feedback for a blind spot, for instance, for a skill that is valuable to your boss but you did not know you were excelling at. In general, high-performing teams are in the open area and low performing teams are in the unknown area. Keep your team motivated by sharing important strategic information. Note, we do not recommend you share personal information to gain trust at work. You only need to share or gain relevant workplace information to put the Johari window to use.

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