I am off on a course today. Yes it is Sunday and I am going on a work course, and no, I don't usually work on Sundays. The course is one designed for people on management development schemes and is vaguely titles 'Personal Effectiveness'. Hmmmm. I read the course material and it is full of buzz words and phrases such as 'increase self awareness', 'improve interpersonal relations' and 'making a good impression'. Apparently there will be role play and group discussions where I must be prepared to share insights into my work behaviour and traits. Ah, so there will be introspection too.
From all this I have come to the conclusion that this course concerns aspects of 'Emotional Intelligence'. This is an ability to perceive, assess, and manage the emotions of one's self, of others, and of groups. It is one of the latest fads to hit the world of management. Or is it more than a fad? I guess I will find out for myself.
I will hopefully have access to the Internet while there so I will keep you updated on how I am doing. I am hopeful that this will be a good course, that I will get much from it. At the same time I am mindful that I will be taken out of my comfort zone and stretched somewhat. My behaviours are going to be analysed and criticised by relative strangers. This makes me a little nervous but at the same time it will be good. Sometimes it is good to hold a mirror up to yourself even if it can be uncomfortable.
Anyway, I thought I would leave you with a little test. I went to a museum recently and I had my camera with me. I found quite a few things that were great to photograph but this one in particular was interesting. It has so many shapes and lines and features. It is also an 'infamous' American car. Can you guess what it is? I will give the answer next time :)
This was on the bonnet or hood...
This was on the front of the car...
A view of the front from the side. Any guesses?
And finally a wider view from the front. Do you know what it is now? As I said I will post a full pic of the car soon and the answer. I will also keep you updated about the course, as long as I can get Internet access. Come back soon and see how I am doing!