Topics: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Personality psychology, Typeface Pages: 5 (1184 words) Published: April 7, 2013
Due 4/8/13 - 100 points

Self-Knowledge: The First Step in Managing Human Capital
He that will not reflect is a ruined man. (Asian Proverb) •Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom. (Aristotle) •To conquer one’s self is the best and noblest victory; to be vanquished by one's own nature is the worst and most ignoble defeat. (Plato) •Change and growth take place when a person has risked himself and dares to become involved with experimenting with his own life. (Herbert Otto) •Make it the business to know thyself, which is the most difficult lesson in the world. (Miguel de Cervantes) •Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.” (Lao Tzu) •The power of leadership rests in one's fluency in speaking the language of influence and motivation. Micro-messages are the heart and soul of leadership. (Stephen Young/ Micro Messaging) •...the book shows that success in management is less the property of firms (systems of the business as a whole) but instead, is mostly about the personality of the individual manager within the operating unit. (David H. Maister/ Practice What You Preach) •Knowledge is not impersonal./...does not reside in a book./...Knowledge is always embodied in a person. The shift to the knowledge society therefore puts the person in the center. (Peter Drucker/ Post Capitalist Society) •The first principle is that you must not fool yourself...and you are the easiest person to fool. (Richard Feynman/ used by Phillip Clampitt in his Introduction/ Communicating for Managerial Success)) Introduction

Through years of managing, consulting, counseling and teaching, I have concluded that one cannot effectively work with others unless one is naturally gifted or has taken the time to learn about one's self. Quotations about self knowledge are nice, but until the twentieth century, self discovery was little more than spiritual and metaphysical. The disciplines of Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, and Anthropology have developed useful means by which one can acquire self knowledge. There is no excuse for not knowing.

Your first activity in preparing to effectively manage others is to assess yourself. Acquiring self-knowledge is easier than applying it. Using this knowledge in relationship to others requires months and years of self awareness and reflection. The more you are aware and self reflective, the more proficient you will become using it with supervisors, colleagues, employees, spouses, and children.

Part One
For our purpose in this class, we will use the MBTI assessment. In the future, you may want to investigate other assessments such as the Multiple Intelligences Inventory and the Emotional Intelligences Assessment. Add them to your 'management tool box'. If you have already taken the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory, you may use your past results in writing your paper in place of the link below. However if you have not taken it within the last year, I suggest you do it again. 1.MBTI TYPE INVENTORY – NO CHARGE The Meyers Briggs Type Indicator has long been used in business environments to study the characteristics of leaders and team members in an organization. It is useful in understanding self and how you relate to others. The link below will lead you to a form of the MBTI inventory for which you will not be charged. Please follow this link.


Upon completion, it will allow you to print a copy of your report to use for reference in completing this assignment.

Part Two

To complete Part Two of Assignment One, follow the directions below.

Interview two or more people that are professional contacts (superiors, subordinates, peers). If you desire, you can also include a spouse or...
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