Let’s start by having a share understanding about the meaning of the word perception. Here is a definition I found:
Perception: the ability to see, hear, or become aware of something through the senses
In my experience, perceptions could help us greatly with building awareness about the intrinsic dynamics of a given ecosystem. That’s why I have found crucial to validate my perceptions while building and strenghtening human relationships at the workplace.
How do I validate my perceptions?
- I like to start by asking people’s permission to share my perceptions, as a mechanism to validate theirs. But how?
- Ask open end questions.
- Listen to understand.
- Gain context and learn more details about a given situation.
How validating my perceptions has brought to the workplace?
- Helped people reflect about the impact of their actions over the system.
- Provoked change through action and movement.
- Built self-awareness.
- Added clarity to what we all do and why we do it.
- Developed emotional intelligence.
- Learned more about the power of open ended questions, better understanding about what to ask, how and to do it.
- Built trust by creating a system where actions are driven by facts and not only perceptions.
- Helped people, teams and organizations to keep growing
- Focused on what really matters.
- Reduced waste by focusing only on productive conflicts.
What about you?
- What do you use perceptions for in life?
- How do you nurture your perceptions daily? What’s your favorite technique? Do you listen to your intuition?
- What would be different if you were validating your perceptions before reacting or responding? What would change?
- What’s holding back to start now?
My invitation is to validate your perceptions to change the world around you, one conversation at a time
I personally thank you for reading my article. I celebrate your courage, bravery, perseverance and resilience.