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By A. Townend

ISBN-10: 1349544035

ISBN-13: 9781349544035

The booklet explores the connection among assertiveness and variety. The case stories and private tales illustrate how members, groups, and enterprises could make a distinction and give the opportunity for everybody to be valued for who they're revered for what they do.

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Deep down he thought ambition was a dirty word, that it was somewhat ugly and competitive. It was not until the tutor on the team retreat said to him, “Your ambition is a beautiful thing,” that Atif was able to see that his ambition was, and is, something that helped and could be used for the benefit of other people. Far from it being something to be ashamed of, it is something to be proud of. The process for Atif was one of reclaiming and accepting himself and his values—honesty, ambition, and pride—and valuing them as positive.

Atif realized that what was holding him back from being himself was his fear that he did not have the courage to truly be himself, and that he had some shame around his ambition. Deep down he thought ambition was a dirty word, that it was somewhat ugly and competitive. It was not until the tutor on the team retreat said to him, “Your ambition is a beautiful thing,” that Atif was able to see that his ambition was, and is, something that helped and could be used for the benefit of other people. Far from it being something to be ashamed of, it is something to be proud of.

Either way it is important that giving, receiving, and asking for feedback is done well and with positive intent, self-respect, and respect for the other person. When given with positive intent, feedback is usually well received and experienced as a gift. It is useful to remember when giving feedback that it can say as much about the person giving the feedback as the person receiving it. Feedback that helps develop self-awareness and assertive relationships: ■ is specific rather than general ■ is based on observable behaviors Assertive Communication ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ is timely and close to the event is given from an I’m OK: You’re OK life position takes into account the other person’s readiness to hear the feedback takes into account the person’s cultural differences gives people a choice about whether to respond immediately gives people an opportunity to ask questions is developing of positive self-esteem is developing of an interpersonal connection is motivating of creativity and ongoing learning and development is received with interest, curiosity, and positive intent.

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