Evidence Reveals The Most Important Skill of the 21st Century with Dr. Tasha Eurich

December 21, 2017
In this episode we discuss one of the most important evidence based psychology principles that make people successful - self awareness. We look at the difference between people who succeed and those who plateau. We talk about why self awareness is the meta-skill of the 21st century and the foundational skill required to succeed in anything, and we examine conclusions form over 800 scientific studies about self awareness with our guest Dr. Tasha Eurich.  
 
Dr. Tasha Eurich is an organizational psychologist, researcher, and principal of The Eurich Group. She received her Ph.D in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Colorado State University and a BA in Theatre and Psychology. She is the New York Times Bestselling author of Bankable Leadership and INSIGHT. Her TED talk has been viewed over one million times and her work has been featured in Business Insider, Forbes, The New York Times and many more!
 
  • How Tasha uses evidence based psychology principles to make people more succesful
  • The difference between people who plateau and people who meet and defeat challenge head on
  • Self awareness “the meta skill of the 21st century"
  • What does the data show is linked to high self awareness?
  • Self awareness is foundational to all skills required to succeed
  • What does the Science say about Self Awareness?
  • Self aware people are:
    • More fulfilled
    • Better communications
    • More confidence
    • Have better relationships
    • More effective leaders
    • Run more profitable companies
  • Self awareness sets the UPPER LIMIT for the skills you need to be successful in the world today
  • "The secret weapon of the 21st century”
  • 95% people of people think that they are self aware but only 10-15% actually are
  • On a good day 80% of people are lying to themselves about lying to themselves
  • Conclusions from reviewing over 800 scientific studies to figure out WHAT self awareness was
  • The 2 broad categories of self awareness - the ability to see yourself cleary
    • Internal Self Awareness (introspective people)
    • External Self Awareness (pleasers)
  • Those 2 types of self knowledge are completely unrelated
  • Self knowledge underpins any other skill
  • Self awareness is an “infinitely learnable skill”
  • Research conclusions from people who began with a lack of self awareness, but then developed self awareness
  • There are no demographic commonalities between self awareness
  • The 3 categories of Self Awareness Unicorns 
    • Being in a new role / new set of rules
    • Earthquake events - usually negative - that are so devastating that they either cause is to bury our heads in the sand, or they become a catalyst for self awareness
    • The MOST LIKELY - everyday insights
  • You have a tremendous amount of opportunities within your daily life to improve your self awareness
  • The barriers to self awareness are myriad
    • Internal wiring of human beings - change the way you introspect
      • The power of substituting the word WHY for the word WHAT
    • The world we live in today - social media, reality TV, the “cult of self”
  • The cult of the self - and how our culture damages self awareness
  • The challenges of excavating our subconscious / unconscious mind
  • Moving forward with purpose, logic, and curiosity
  • Too much Introspection can make you anxious and depressed 
  • To gain insight, focus on moving FORWARD
  • Do your introspective practices serve you?
  • Tasha’s training regimen to start to develop self awareness
  • Tools for improving your internal and external self awareness
  • The power of "The Daily Check-In”
    • What went well today?
    • What didn’t go well?
    • What can I do to be smarter tomorrow?
  • How you can use a “dinner of truth” to ask “What do I do that’s most annoying to you?”
    • Dont’ defend, explain, disagree, just LISTEN
  • The truth about feedback - you don't have to listen to or act on feedback from anyone
  • How to become aware of your true strengths and gifts - ask your close friends
    • WHY are you friends with me?
  • Most self awareness unicorns rely on a handful of KEY people to provide them with feedback
    • Someone has to truly have your back and want you to be truly successful
    • They have to be willing to tell you the good, the bad, and the ugly
  • The power of “loving critics”
  • Our strenghts - seem obvious to us which makes it hard for us to see them 
  • You must be very strategic and very focused on WHO you get feedback from
  • Self awareness unicorns don’t rely on other people to approach them with feedback. They never assumed that people would tell them ANYTHING - they took it on themselves to get regular feedback on their own terms
  • You need feedback from multiple sources to get a clear picture 
  • The easiest, highest payoff activity to get initial self awareness
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