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The Johari Window: a simple and effective self-development model

The Johari Window: a simple and effective self-development model

Originally conceived as a self-improvement model by Joseph Luft and Harrison Ingram in 1955, The Johari Window is a simple and effective self-development model.
It explains the “why” and “how” of developing self-awareness and helps us to understand the importance of developing trust in groups to unlock performance.

The OPEN area is where authentic, effective communication takes place: The more you are able to push this area out, the more effectual and dynamic your relationships will be.
But it is not without risk.
When you open yourself up to accepting, even welcoming, feedback, you can come face-toface with uncomfortable and challenging ‘home truth’s’. Things you haven’t been aware of previously that force you to consider your deeper, underlying values and beliefs, and confront your perceptions of self. Specific ground rules exist to make the giving and receiving of feedback safe and rewarding.
You can also choose to ‘trust’ and disclose elements of your personality that reveal your true self in more depth to others. It is something that happens naturally over time in most
relationships, but if people understand the value of careful disclosure, and feel safe, then group performance can improve markedly and quickly.
The foundation of the model is trust between members of a group.

Author information: Ian Johnson

As a manager, chief executive, owner operator and consultant, Ian has actively participated in exploring every opportunity to exceed the expectation of the visitor.
All of this hands-on business experience has led to a passion for interpretation, storytelling and cultural communication.
How do we make our visitors: Love what we love just as much as we do? Have our passion matter as much to them as it does to us?
And be inspired to care about what we care about? Ian has most recently been training lecturers and guides in the polar regions, has tertiary qualifications in Adult Education, Graphic Design and Sports Coaching, and is the licensed owner of the TORE™ Interpretive methodology in New Zealand.

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