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Observing the others to know me

“The ability to deep observation of behavior of people is the fuel for innovation” – Dennis Boyle

Who has this ability?

The ability of observation is a skill that must of course be someone resident and requires energy to overcome barriers and to the integration of the observer in an ecosystem to create empathy.

Perform a deep observation implies being creative and to infer hypotheses but above all implies to go through the paths of the behavior of persons which obliges us to have a good deposit of motivation.

To be creative means having competence to identify problems and generate ideas that lead to innovation.


To be creative means to be motivated to create regardless of the constraints that may arise.

There is a theory of motivation that proposes that the motivation is based on feelings of personal competence. According to this theory the motivation increases when a person performs a task successfully.

But we know that any organization is composed of individuals with different motivations and skills, and most successful companies know how to make individual skills available to the group.

The more effectively a business can operate within a framework of collaboration is to take advantage of individual successes and thrive as a whole, but not always seeking meaning to the existence of different answers faces adversities or obstacles is there.

Another approach shows us a differentiation between extrinsic and intrinsic motivation. The motivation to go to work is extrinsic because the activity will bring some reward at the end.

We are intrinsically motivated when we seek the commitment and well-being in the things we do and this leads us to creativity.

And what is my attitude towards the need to observe the behavior of others?

I can “go on the wave” and no intention of acting which translates into low or none observation or we can just meet external requests which makes us feel controlled and the result is also weak.

But if for example I’ll seek to observe the behavior of others and what moves me is the reward for work or because it is part of the routine and therefore is an obligation to comply with I only follow the path of facilitation and not deep observation.

When people identify themselves with the activities and these are seen as personally important, or even it can do part of themselves they begin to develop work observation with some depth.

However, if I observe the behavior of others only by satisfaction inherent in the fact that the results will be nearly of innovative solutions.

These are some of the conditions for a deep observation of behavior of people and I believe that not all who realize it go as deep as necessary because the power they have is not enough for a trip of this magnitude.

There is a subtle but important difference between people who seek to develop activities according to its strengths, which is natural, therefore, feel competent, and people who feel the enjoyment facing challenges and test new abilities.

If we seek only situations that make us feel competent, it is likely that age let us look bad, and it is unlikely that we are pleased with what we do.

The observation of behavior of people also helps to find our competence in new skills, and indeed, the motivation to develop more creative work and better adapted to the real needs of people.

At that time we don’t observe others, and we become to observe ourselves fundamental condition for our growth and adaptation to the new world.


Have you thought of this?