Johari Window - what are our blind spots?

Kara Powell | Apr 15, 2011

This week I have been thinking more about accountability. Because of the partnership between our Urban Youth Ministry Certificate and the De Vos Urban Leadership Initiative (DVULI), I had the chance to be in Orlando this week and experience some of the great DVULI training.

One of the DVULI core values is accountability. As part of their training, they talk about the Johari window, a diagram that helps us think about what parts of us are known by others, and even what parts of ourselves we ourselves are blind to.

As you look at the diagram below, ask yourself some questions:

-What are my blind spots? Who can I talk to about them?

-In what ways do I put up a facade? What motivates me to do that?

-How can I get space and time to help me plumb those areas of my life that are unknown to me and to others?

Kara Powell

Dr. Kara Powell is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary, and Fuller's Chief of Leadership Formation. Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women You Should Know,” Kara serves as a Youth and Family Strategist for Orange, and also speaks regularly at parenting and leadership conferences. Kara is the author or coauthor of a number of books, including Growing Young, Growing With, The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family, Sticky Faith Curriculum, Can I Ask That?, Deep Justice Journeys, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, and the Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum. Kara lives with her husband Dave and their three children, Nathan, Krista, and Jessica, in Southern California.


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