The Johari window and law department self-awareness

A high-risk, high reward tool for law departments is the so-called Johari window. The Johari window has four quadrants (panes): personal characteristics known by the person or not known by them are in two panes matched against those characteristic known by others (blind spots) and not known by others (hidden agendas). Hence the 2-by-2 window has 4 panes.

If members of a team, such as the direct reports to the general counsel, complete the Johari windows for each other, and present the assessments honestly, the resulting insights (and shared vocabulary) can help the team mesh and produce. Johari sessions can also unleash negative output (blind spots and hidden agendas and emotional confrontations.

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