The human being is a measuring instrument.
Measuring is an impartial assessment of the magnitude of a phenomenon. It is therefore an exercise in phenomenology. To ensure the objectivity of this exercise, the measurement process uses instruments that inform us of the relative size of an event, compared to a standard, a model, a standard. Because it significantly removes any risk of arbitrariness, this mode of observation by analogy with a reliable reference, promotes confidence in transactions between humans who can thus “trade” with fairness. The balance, which is probably the ancestor of the instruments of measurement, is also an allegory frequently used to represent justice.
Like the bourgeois gentleman of Moliere who practiced prose without knowing it, we practiced permanently this exercise of phenomenology. Indeed, the human being is an instrument of measurement. To communicate, or to develop the multitude of decisions that we make every day, we do not stop, evaluate, appreciate, dose, count, calibrate, gauge, gauge, Judging, and so on. The measure is used to measure any feedback. Without measurement, it is impossible to evaluate precisely the impact of an action, the achievement of an objective, the extent of a phenomenon.
This ability to give a consistent form to all kinds of manifestations from the outside (or inner) world contributes to the formation of our consciousness. In terms of human behavior, the Gestalt OD experience cycle is the standard by which we describe how we process the information we receive to give it a meaningful satisfactory form. The cycle of experience describes this measurement process in its “information” and “awareness” phases; The instrument is us (after some training nevertheless!) Measuring is an essential skill for the survival of the human species.
To maintain their virtues of accuracy, sensitivity, and fidelity, we regularly check our measuring instruments. Since we ourselves are genuine instruments of measurement, we should therefore regularly apply to ourselves this wise principle of “calibration”. Indeed, what allows you to credibilize your observations, feelings, decisions, appreciations, estimates, impressions, approximations, etc. If not a regular calibration of your “organism” ?
Do you know to what extent your ways of thinking or ways of acting are distinguished or diluted in the mold of good-will? Do you understand the reasons why your proposals are not taken seriously or seem uncomfortable? Do you have an idea of how you think you should revisit to improve your negotiating skills or your ability to mobilize others? How can you precisely answer these questions without recalibrating yourself?
Thomas Lesaint is a brilliant expert. He always finds a solution to all the technical problems that are submitted to him. Thomas communicates with a remarkable rationality and logic, showing an “above average” intelligence. Given his know-how, Thomas is promoting promotion to managerial responsibilities. HRD is not favorable for this promotion because “although a good IQ is necessary for the success of the managerial function, Thomas has not sufficiently developed Emotional Intelligence (EQ) To succeed in this new responsibility. The risk is too great for Thomas Lesaint and for the company “. Thomas is very angry and feels humiliated by this unfavorable opinion. He threatened to leave the company. Do you think Thomas Lesaint’s reaction is just, faithful and grounded?
Gnôthi Seauton, “know thyself”.
This adage, attributed to Socrates, assigns to man the duty of becoming aware of his own measure. It is indeed by becoming able to distinguish what we know and what we do not know that we develop our skills and our credibility.
A re-calibration would allow Thomas Lesaint to relate his reaction to that of a “rebellious child.” His “epidermal” reaction confirms the relevance of the HRD’s opinion.
The LSI © (Inventory of Life Styles ) is an interesting model to help you re-calibrate. It allows you to compare your ways of perceiving the world to that of thousands of other people all around the globe. It is a standard for measuring individual behaviors. By applying it to oneself, this inventory provides an impartial appreciation of the gap between our way of perceiving phenomena and reality. The 12 styles measured by the LSI © are organized in three general orientations described on the CIRCUMPLEX ©.
Research has shown that the styles measured by LSI © are linked to a number of indicators of effectiveness and success, including: managerial effectiveness, leadership, problem-solving effectiveness, Quality of interpersonal relationships, level of remuneration, level of responsibility, individual health and well-being.
Only those who resist the reality prefer to remain in “open loop”. Faced with their difficulty in accepting what is, many argue that it is not necessary, if not impossible, even harmful to measure everything. They express nothing but their aversion to recognizing a reality that will inevitably end in imposing itself on them with its attendant collateral damage.
For a new professional and personal start, take a good resolution: re-calibrate yourself!
Dino Ragazzo is a consultant certified by Human Synergistics.