Break the Box! Let me say it again...Break the box...Live outside the box, shred the box... and dare not to be defined by the "confines of a box."Why is it that so many people today are confined by the proverbial "box" and seem to remain content in the comfortable confines of a box. We all here the "expression" think outside the box...but is this not limiting? What does it even mean? Think about it...Most people sleep on a "bed/box" talk on a "phone/box", email/tweet from a "IPhone/Android/blackberry/box", type on a "laptop/box", eat from a "drive thru/box lunch", drive to work…
Human beings are quite interesting. You see, the more we learn- the more likely it is– we will realize how little it is that we know!
So, my hypothesis is that the more any human being knows… the more likely they are to recognize know little they actually know. This is very true in the leader development process. The other day a friend and I discussed 4 common stages of leader development. The 4 stages are listed below.
#1: Unconsciously Incompetent. In this stage, we are oblivious to what we do/ don’t know or know. Thus, we may think we know more than we actually do and/or overestimate our knowledge, skills and abilities.
Stage #2: Consciously Incompetent. This means we have become aware of our "blind spot: and of how much we do not know. So in this stage, we are now aware of what we DO NOT KNOW.'
Stage #3: Consciously Competent: In this stage, we are now aware of what our skills, knowledge, and abilities are and how developed they are etc.
Stage #4: Unconsciously Competent: In this stage, we are quite competent in what we know/do and it comes as second nature to us. In other words, we do not need to think about it.
So, the fact is this… we are all on a journey in our leader development. What stage are you in? Do you seek to get to the next stage? What do you think?