Moving from Self-Awareness to Self-Management to Self-Improvement

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Chloe Xu
Director, Australia

Moving from Self-Awareness to Self-Management to Self-Improvement

Why quit smoking is so difficult although most smokers are aware of its impact on health and well-being? Why we keep doing things that we know may not be appropriate or helpful? This is because knowing and doing are different. Doing something is much harder than knowing the same thing. In the workplace, we are educated to increase our self-awareness, know our strengths, weaknesses, feelings, thoughts, and values. But that is not enough. Self-awareness is useless, unless it is accompanies by actions of self-management, which is another important skill and domain of emotional intelligence. What is Self-management? Definition Jennifer Porter (2019) identifies self-management as "a conscious choice to resist a preference or habit and show a more productive behaviour" and suggests a 4-step process on self-management: BE MORE PRESENT: Pay attention to what you are saying and doing now. PRACTICE SELF-AWARENESS: Recognize what is happening around you—what are you seeing, hearing, ...


Tom Wilson
HR Consultant, United States

Thinking Outside the Box, Revisited

This article needs to be considered within the context of Chloe Xu's Learning as a Method to Cope wi...

Gandhi Heryanto
Management Consultant, Indonesia

The Role of Standards and Values in Self-Management and Self_Improvement

I refer to Duval & Wicklund's Theory of Self-Awareness, 1972, namely that "you are not your thoughts...

sorina bradea

What's in it for Me?

Most people when it comes to growing and developing because their company is asking them to do it, a...

Maurice Hogarth
Consultant, United Kingdom

The Self in Decision Making and Taking

Chloe, in your opening sentences you note the difficulty of actually giving up smoking. This repres...


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