The assessment indicated that I might be more aggressive than required when other peoples’ opinions contradict my own. Thus I need to come up with ways of ensuring that I am constructively assertive. This will involve being persuasive and tolerant as I have to strive to influence the outcome while considering other peoples’ needs. Additionally, it will dictate that I will not base by ideas on past precedents that may not be applicable in current situations as it will avoid confrontations with my partners in any conversation (De, 2013).
Another way is by watching those in my radar by recognizing the participants in a conversation and respecting their opinions and ideologies based on their character. This helps us to realize the differences between individual characters and how we can benefit from them depending on the situation and also have constructive conversations.
The above strategies should help me to overcome my weaknesses during interactions with others. They can be realized through procedural implementation and timelines that are deliverable in any context given the dynamics that characterize a learning environment. It’s important to also note that interactions with others is also a learning process that should be treated as such. As a result, I should be able to realize the preferred change for the purpose of ensuring excellent communication (Green& Chartered Institute of Public Relations, 2016).
- Action Plan
The action plan will serve as the end product of this self-analysis exercise as it should involve implementing the stated strategies which will in turn be essential to realizing the desired outcomes within the stipulated time lime are as follows:
Undertaking a communication course that will involve developing active listening and other essential skills within the first three weeks of implementation process. This is important in helping to apply construction assertion in a learning environment and helping to smooth out the adaptation process to any environment.
Facilitating my career development into the employment sector by undertaking an advanced postgraduate communication course at CQU. This will also help me to close out all loopholes that might have been unaddressed in the course of the implementation process. The employment sector requires effective communication so as to take advantage of any arising opportunities.
Within four weeks, I expect to have also familiarized myself with various ways in which I can improve my personal communication techniques. This will be done by reading archive materials like relevant magazines and books. Such materials contain information for personal improvement in communication and exposes one to situations that would require applications of skills learnt in various environments. They are an important source of information on how to adapt to different situations and on ways to become competent
I will keep a personal diary to keep track of progress made by writing down developments achieved. The diary will comprise a basis for making improvements and for making corrections in case I divert off the track. Changes will also be considered in case the progress is not as desired or as per stipulations put in place.
Additionally, Identification of a mentor who I consider relevant will be critical since he/she will provide a sense of direction in the activities that I will undertake. For this case, I will use the head of the CQU communication department. He will be instrumental in identifying whether I am consistent with the training schedule and assist me to identify areas that need adjustments accordingly.
The Gantt chart
The Gantt chart is a chart that is used to illustrate a project schedule and shows the start and finish dates of a project. Here, it will be used to measure the deliverables at a given time since the entire implementation process will last two months. Some of the programs might run concurrently meaning that it is likely to take less time than scheduled. After completion, I will measure the improvement based on my interaction behavior with others. A positive indication would be ideal but should the results be negative, I will come up with relevant measures to correct it.