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1 Stepping StonesStepping Stones Programme Stepping Stones Stepping Stones Programme A Career Development Programme for Grade 2/3 Staff Discover Yourself

2 Stepping Stones Todays Event…Discover Yourself! An interactive workshop that provides you with the opportunity to use Gregorc’s thinking styles to explore difference and the impact on personal interactions at work, as well as identifying career motivational triggers. Objectives By the end of this workshop participants will have Identified the value of different thinking styles Discussed how their personal style impacts on their work and interactions with others Described what motivates them in their career and how personal styles and values can impact on their behaviour

3 Stepping Stones My Business Card Your name A picture that represents you A personal motto/phrase 3 key words you would use to describe yourself 1 thing that motivates you to come to work

4 Stepping Stones Johari Window Model

5 Stepping Stones Gregorcs Thinking Styles An Adult’s Guide to Style As a word association instrument, you are required to rank the series of words to assess your power and capacity in each of four mediation channels (rows) Use yourself as the reference point – this is ‘who you are deep down’, not who you are at home or at work Instinctively react to the words as they are presented in each column (10 sets) Rank in order the 10 sets of four words on a scale 0f = MOST descriptive of you 1 = LEAST descriptive of you

6 Stepping Stones Pick up a Pen

7 Stepping Stones Gregorc Thinking Styles History “A means of addressing the questions of how, why and what individuals can, will and do learn” Gregorc is internationally recognised for his work in learning styles which began in 1969 Extensive research This work evolved into the Mind Styles Model in 1984.

8 Stepping Stones Gregorc Thinking Styles (Delineator) What is it? It is a well-researched tool developed by Dr Anthony Gregorc (American Academic) It is a self-analysis tool that helps reveal a special set of mental qualities and mediation channels available to us for handling the demands and opportunities of life The tool considers two mediation abilities of our mind PERCEPTION and ORDERING It offers practical, economical and effective ways of addressing how you as an individual function and relate to your outer world. Gregorcs thinking styles is designed to tap into your ‘natural’ response to the impact of a word:

9 Stepping Stones Gregorc Thinking Styles (Delineator) What is it NOT? Used to select for careers/ recruitment Label you in any way An excuse! It identifies your natural style doesn’t evaluate it

10 Stepping Stones Mediation Abilities PERCEPTION The means through which you grasp information Abstractness or Concreteness ORDERING The ways in which you arrange, systemise, reference and dispose of information Randomness or Sequence ‘ Mediation ability theory’, according to Gregorcs, is when the human mind channels information it receives and expresses it most efficiently and effectively ‘Our own Style’ Gregorcs style delineators help us to consider 2 types of mediation ability: PERCEPTION & ORDERING

11 Stepping Stones PERCEPTION We all have the ability to perceive in abstract and concrete ways to some extent, most of us are more at ease using one more than the other. A Natural CONCRETE thinker will often communicate in a very direct, literal, no nonsense manner. Whilst a natural ABSTRACT may use subtle methods such as metaphors to get the same meaning. Conversations between one of each thinking style may contain lots of misunderstanding. ORDERING ABILITY We all have ability in both these ways of ordering but usually we tend to use one more easily and more comfortably than the other. Concrete: Note and absorb information directly through your 5 senses (taste, touch, smell, sights, hearing) when using concrete ability, you are dealing with the obvious, the ‘here and now’, and are not looking for hidden meaning, or making connections between ideas or concepts Abstract: This quality allows you to visualise, imagine, to conceive ideas, to understand or believe that which you can not really see. When you are using your abstract quality, you use intuition, imagination, and you are looking beyond ‘what is’ to find hidden meaning and connections. Sequential: Lets you mind organise information in a linear, step by step manner. When you use sequential ability, you follow a logical train of thought and may also have a plan to follow rather than relying on impulse. Random: Lets you mind organise information by chunks, and in no particular order. When you use random ability, you can skip steps in a procedure and still produce the results or outcomes you want. You may even start in the middle, or at the end, and work backwards. You may like life to be more impulsive, or spur of the moment, than planned.

12 Stepping Stones Break 15 minutes

13 Stepping Stones Gregorcs Thinking Styles Questionnaire Score your questionnaire and plot you own ‘mind field’

14 Stepping Stones My SWOT Analysis Strengths Current capabilities, skills, resources, reputation and successes Opportunities Developments, activities or projects that could benefit you or your career Weaknesses Current gaps, difficulties, shortcomings that are getting in the way of success Threats Possible developments that could impede, undermine you or your career

15 Stepping Stones Lunch break

16 Stepping Stones Our unique self ValuesSubjective personal points of view regarding the worth of our beliefs, they can be described as a preference of action or outcome. Values provide a personal reference to a sense of ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, ‘good’ and ‘bad’, important, useful, beneficial, constructive, beautiful, desirable etc. BeliefsIs a set of truths that has been learnt, it is what we believe to be true and what we believe we can and cannot do. AttitudeIs an expression or opinion governing a person’s behaviour towards a place, person, thing and event. Attitude can be formed from a person’s past or present experiences and determines the way we think, feel and behave. PersonalityIs the combination and the characters of emotional, attitudinal, and behavioural responses in an individual BEHAVIOUR Values Beliefs Attitude Personality

17 Stepping Stones What are Personal Values ME My Values Take Responsibility Love Family and friends Religion Profession Get a good education Be professional Be reliable and trust worthy Treat people with respect Maximise every Opportunity Helpfulness and Support others Enthusiasm Challenge self Seek opportunities Kindness Confidence

18 Stepping Stones Walnut Nail Clippers Egg Box What Can You See

19 Stepping Stones What Can You See

20 Stepping Stones What Can You See

21 Stepping Stones “We see the world not as it is but as we are.” Stephen Covey Perception – we can disagree and both be right !

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23 Perception

24 Stepping Stones Career Anchors A “Career Anchor” is a combination of perceived areas of competence, motives, and values relating to professional work choices. (Edgar Schein)

25 Stepping Stones Edgar Schein Career Anchors

26 Stepping Stones Thank you Next event: The Grade 4 Role, 13 th May 2014,


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