We’ve all learned how important situational awareness is in every aspect of our jobs, but there’s more. In this 5 Min Mindset episode we look at the 4 Quadrants of Awareness and how they play out critical roles in our ability to make effective decisions in highly critical moments.
In this 5 MIN MINDSET we look at how we need to expand our awareness to what I call, the 4 quadrants:
THE SITUATION: Understanding what is actually happening right now and what is most likely to happen in the next few moments.
THE ENVIRONMENT: Observe and understand the environmental conditions, how they change, how they are impacting you AND how you are impacting them.
OTHERS AROUND YOU: Pause and allow yourself to connect energetically with others around you. Yes, feel their feelings as well as read their body language, listen to their tone and hear their words. Feeling their feelings will give you insight into what may be going on or what may be about to happen. (This is “trusting your instincts”)
YOURSELF: Check in with YOU! Where are you? What are you feeling? Fear, anxiety, out of control, calm, present? How you are BEING will impact all three other areas.
QUICK EXERCISE – ASSESSMENT
Take a moment and draw out a quad chart and complete the following 4 tasks:
Look at your most common situations you face and how they unfold or could unfold.
Evaluate your area of responsibility looking at the landscape, the culture, the people, the flow and the patterns of life. Find the common or base aspects that you know are constants.
Think about the people you interact with most often. Who are they? What are their most basic needs? How do they communicate? How do they like to be engaged? What are their triggers?
Place yourself in a situation, in your area, how do you feel about yourself, the area and the people around you? How do you “show up” both physically and energetically? What impact are you creating or what are you bringing to the situation? (i.e. had a fight with your spouse? just got your ass chewed out at work?)
DISCUSSION POINTS – START SHARING:
Share your quad chart out with those around you. Listen to theirs. Just sit with what is learned, don’t try to fix anything, just be aware to things AS THEY ARE, not as they should be!