What exactly is Understanding Character?
William James said, “whenever two people meet there are really six people present. There is each man as he sees himself, each man as the other person sees him, and each man as he really is.”
When you think about that, it’s just too many people in the room! Understanding Character allows us to cut through that and allow for more comfortable and productive communication. We learn to relate better to other people because we learn to understand why they feel the way they do. We improve our understanding of our own feelings. This increased understanding allows us to become better listeners, become less judgmental, and improve our quality of life. We become more comfortable and getting along with others is easier.
We developed Understanding Character to be helpful to people.
It is that simple. Years ago, when working with groups of people within companies it was noticeable that there was confusion, friction, and although there were well-intentioned people, sometimes things just did not get accomplished. This caused a lot of frustration.
We realized that sometimes people were simply not a “good fit” for what it was they had been assigned to do. We also realized that sometimes it was leadership and their lack of support, structure, and clear goals that was the problem. Sometimes it was all of those things and more.
#2: A person needs to have know-how. This means that each of us needs to know how to do the thing that we are doing. If we are a baker, we need to have learned how to bake. If we are a teacher, we need to know how to go about making our plans, setting curriculum, organizing a classroom . Whatever the job is – we need the education/training required in order to feel “expert”.