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Personal effectiveness covers a diversity of themes all aiming to improve oneself, for both a personal social or work related context. It is a topic used actively by managers, employees and taught extensively in training courses. Within this report I will outline the key themes that emerged in reviewing the relevant literature, how these interlink and the practical use of such themes. Personal effectiveness is defined as a distinct set of behavioural competencies, which are a group of skills, embedded within all work related activities.1 These skills are required by individual to improve themselves and be effective performers in any environment. The key themes, which emerged throughout the review of positive personal effectiveness, were self-development and understanding, communication and listening and leadership. Self-development and understanding outlines the personal management of an individual where the results will be positive in forming relationships and knowing yourself. This concept enables you to identify with yourself, outline your strengths and weaknesses, personality, traits and how you can effectively manage these in any given environment and your ability to learn. To achieve self-understanding it is firstly important to focus upon your personal identity. Having an established foundation of yourself allows others to view you in a positive manner and can influence the way in which you wish to be regarded. ...read more.


Different aspects such as body language, tone of voice and the most prominent Listening are all key features of communication. Incorporating what I have learnt throughout the self-development phase and relating this to communication, it is vital to know your own identity and your personal traits in order to communicate effectively with others. Communication can be used for many purposes of which involve giving and receiving advice. Feedback on the effects of decisions with others you converse with is essential for effective communication. Some people are good talkers but poor listeners. They hear only what they want to hear and disregard all critical and hostile comments. Feedback is just one of the factors used to ensure communication is transmitted effectively, individuals must be aware of other factors such as body language and perception that may influence how messages are interpreted. Using the fact, emotion and need framework enables you to achieve clarity in the message you wish to send. It is only then that the schramm model can be used to its best purpose. I personally feel this is the key to effective communication and eliminates unnecessary jargon and determines that the message has a key point and intended purpose. Feedback consists of secondary messages sent by the receiver of information during or after communication, which may cause the communicator to change the message en route. ...read more.


By being aware of the advantage and disadvantages of different leadership styles can enable an individual to critically assess their own and improve upon areas of weakness. Through the review of literature about personal effectiveness, I now feel I have a greater understanding about this subject and can fully appreciate the practical aspects. I now have a clear overview and understanding how the key themes outline, work constructively within my own character. I have also been able to think deeply as to which elements of my character in relation to communication, leadership and self-understanding. By incorporating the themes and transferring the skills and experiences gained from all situations an individual finds themselves in can formulate a good team member, employee, person and a great leader in all aspects of life. 1 Scutt,M, 2ND edition, Personal Effectiveness-Institute of Management, Butterworth Heinemann 2 Parker, S & Stone, B, 2003, Developing Management Skills for Leadership, published UK, Prentice Hall 3 Robbins, A, 1986, Unlimited Power, published in UK, Simon & Schuster. 4 Scutt,M, 2ND edition, Personal Effectiveness-Institute of Management, Butterworth Heinemann 5 Bennett, R, 3rd edition, organisational Behaviour, London, Financial Times Pitman Publishing 6 Sharpe, R, 2nd edition, Assert Yourself, London, Kogan Page 7 Bennett, R, 3rd edition, organisational Behaviour, London, Financial Times Pitman Publishing 8 Bennett, R, 3rd edition, organisational Behaviour, London, Financial Times Pitman Publishing 9 Scutt,M, 2ND edition, Personal Effectiveness-Institute of Management, Butterworth Heinemann HRM 3000 Personal Effectiveness Manpreet Lall 2009735 Section Three 18 ...read more.

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