Episode 204: Dr. Tasha Eurich – How To Become More Self-Aware

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Dr. Tasha Eurich is an organizational psychologist, researcher, and New York Times best-selling author. She uses the principles of psychology to help individuals become more self-aware and successful, and companies to grow and thrive. She has been named a “Top 100 Thought Leader” by Trust Across America, a “Leader to Watch” by the American Management Association, and one of Denver Business Journal‘s “40 Under 40.” Her 2014 TEDxMileHigh talk has been viewed more than one million times.

Tasha’s first book, Bankable Leadership, debuted on the New York Times bestseller list in 2013, and has since become a popular resource for managers and executives who don’t want to choose between making their employees happy and producing bottom-line results for their business. Her second book, INSIGHT, delves into the connection between our self-awareness—what she calls the meta-skill of the twenty-first century—and our performance and success, both in and out of the workplace. Fortune calls it a “sprawling exploration of the psychic frailty that leads to self-delusion and self-aggrandizement, and—importantly—a compassionate, helpful guide for avoiding that path (or reversing it).”

Episode 204: Dr. Tasha Eurich – How To Become More Self-Aware

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“Great leaders go out of their way to build a culture where it’s safe to tell the truth.”

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Common themes of leaders who sustain excellence:
    • Self Awareness – “I scientifically studied this.”
    • “People who work on their Self-Awareness are happier, get more promotions, and lead better lives”
  • It’s become a national sport to point out that someone is self-aware — “I wanted to do the research behind this to truly learn about it”
  • 95% of people think they’re self aware — But only 10%-15% are actually self aware
  • It’s vitally important to regularly question your assumptions to become more aware
    • Don’t wait for a life event or someone else to tell you to do this. You must work on it daily.  The gains will be incremental (The Compound Effect)
  • “We cannot own other people’s journeys, we must own ours.”
    • You will work with people who lack awareness. Don’t put it on yourself to fix it.
  • Tasha previously worked within a company in the “Wendy Rhoades” role from Billions
  • The Mary Tyler Moore Show — Her boss — Picture a “laugh track” behind what someone says to help deal with their lack of awareness
  • Practical ways leaders build self-aware teams and organizations
    • Alan Mulally story of how he gained self-awareness despite starting with very little of it
    • “It shows that anyone can become self-aware”
  • A great leader goes out of their way to build a culture where people can tell the truth.”
  • It’s vital that the leader is vulnerable — shares weaknesses and mistakes made
  • Implementing a Business Process Review on a weekly basis
    • Doing this at home with family as well — Every Sunday, each family member provides updates
  • The Speed of Trust — Why everything is much faster when built upon the foundation of trust
    • Pixar is the model of Trust.  Ed Catmull shares how they built this.  No leaks to the press.
  • The “Selfie Syndrome” — “There is a direct impact on social media & narcissism”
    • “Resist the pull of the cult of self”
  • How to promote your own work you’re proud of without becoming a self-promoter? — It’s about the work and positively impacting people.
  • Mindfulness practice = Doesn’t always have to involve meditation.
    • “Actively noticing the present”
  • Take the Self Awareness Quiz: insight-quiz.com

“Mindfulness = Actively noticing the present. What we’re thinking, feeling, and doing without judgement or reaction.”

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