Performance Management: Filters and Lenses

Performance Management: Filters and Lenses

March 30, 2015

From the moment we are born we begin to form a view of the world around us based on our experience of it. We will all have a view of the relationship between nature and nurture and by what extent these factors ultimately define us. However, our experiences will be coloured by factors including our surroundings, our parents, our siblings, the culture we are born into, our exposure to travel and experiencing new things; many factors. All of these experiences over time construct “filters” for how we perceive the world around us and those in it. These filters form implicit “lenses” through which we see and interpret the world around us.

Everyone is different. We all have a view on the nature vs nurture theory. People’s personalities start developing from a very early stage of life. They are shaped by a myriad of factors; exposure to and interaction with parents, family, friends and media. They are developed by the culture we are born into, education, work, sport, travel and literature as just a few examples. Every small interaction with other people and media leaves its mark on our characters either re-enforcing or challenging our existing norms. Understanding our own filters and lenses first, and then those of others is a key input into developing strong and enduring win-win relationships and driving our own performance in and out of work.