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Personal SWOT for Teachers

a presentation on SWOT analysis exclusively for school and college teachers. exercises and activities included.

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Personal SWOT for Teachers

  2. 2. 2 nagaRAJU YOUR BEST DAY? Yesterday? Tomorrow? Today?
  3. 3. 3 nagaRAJU EXERCISE - 1
  4. 4. 4 nagaRAJU SWOT ANALYSIS What? Why? How?
  5. 5. 5 nagaRAJU WHAT IS SWOT? Strengths Weaknesses Opportunities Threats
  7. 7. 7 nagaRAJU STRENGTH? An internal resource or capability helpful to achieve the desired goals.
  8. 8. 8 nagaRAJU WEAKNESS? An internal barrier to achieve the desired goals.
  9. 9. 9 nagaRAJU WHAT IS AN OPPORTUNITY? An external situation that could provide a competitive advantage. (if properly leveraged)
  10. 10. 10 nagaRAJU THREAT? An external situation which could damage your scope for attaining objectives.
  11. 11. 11 nagaRAJU WHAT IS SWOT ANALYSIS? A situation analysis tool to evaluate internal strengths & weaknesses, external opportunities & threats for better decision making and for competitive advantage.
  12. 12. 12 nagaRAJU SWOT Strengths (Inherently Good) Weaknesses (Inherently Bad) Opportunities Threats (Potentially G ood) (Potentially Bad) • Resources • Performanc e • Values • Goals • Capabilities • Skills • Demographics • Environment • Politics • Econom ics • Legislation • Competition
  13. 13. 13 nagaRAJU EXERCISE - 2 1. Your home is located within a two-minute walk of the bus station, and is just a ten-minute ride away from your college. 2. Your English speaking skills are very poor and you are ashamed of speaking English. 3. Your college is located next to one of the largest shopping centers in your town. 4. You left university a decade ago and have not acquired any further certifications. 5. Your in-laws are retired government employees and have plenty of money and time. 6. There are many well-qualified, trained and unemployed youth in your neighborhood. 7. Government is legislating skills upgradation mandatory for all in-service lecturers to earn further increments form next year. 8. Another local college is expanding its services and is on the lookout for experienced lecturers. 9. Your college is considering applying for academic autonomy. 10. There is news that your college is likely to be honored by the District Collector at the next Republic Day for its consistently good performance at the board/university examinations. 11. You have been a diabetic for a long time and you are likely to develop diabetic retinopathy unless you undergo frequent eye check-ups and take appropriate precautions. 12. Your institution’s offer to host the next state level competitions has been approved. 13. Your spouse is very cooperative and appreciates your work demands and time constraints. 14. You have many bright students in your class and they admire you as a committed teacher. 15. You have a personal library; but it has fewer volumes of books than many of your colleagues have got.
  14. 14. 14 nagaRAJU SWOT ANALYSIS What? Why? How?
  15. 15. 15 nagaRAJU WHY SWOT ANALYSIS? He who knows others is wise; he who knows himself is enlightened.- Lao Tzu
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  17. 17.  to capitalize on strengths  to overcome weaknesses  to exploit opportunities  to survive threats  to be pro-active  to take better decisions  to capitalize on strengths  to overcome weaknesses  to exploit opportunities  to survive threats  to be pro-active  to take better decisions 17 nagaRAJU WHY SWOT ANALYSIS? Am bition + Plan of Action
  18. 18. 18 nagaRAJU SWOT ANALYSIS What? Why? How?
  19. 19. 19 nagaRAJU HOW? ask yourself the right questions
  20. 20. 20 nagaRAJU ANALYSIS  What are your unique skills/qualifications?  What do you do better than anyone else?  What unique resources can you access?  Why do people praise you?  What achievements are you proud of?  What values do you believe in?  What is your competitive advantage?
  21. 21. 21 nagaRAJU EXERCISE - 3  Think & list your strengths  Form pairs  Describe to your partner  Share with class
  22. 22. 22 nagaRAJU STRENGTHS
  23. 23. 23 nagaRAJU WEAKNESSES ANALYSIS  What skills/knowledge do you lack?  What skills could you improve?  What do you avoid doing?  What do others see as your weaknesses?  What resources are you deficient in?  What are your negative work habits?  What is your competitive disadvantage?
  25. 25. 25 nagaRAJU EXERCISE – 4  Reflect  List five of your weaknesses  Highlight one that needs immediate attention
  26. 26. 26 nagaRAJU BEATING WEAKNESSES Were successful people always successful in all they did? The road to success is never an easy one. Be prepared to fall. Rise every time you fall.
  27. 27. 27 nagaRAJU A CRITICAL LIFE SKILLSuccessfulpeople getup everytimetheyfall. Nick
  28. 28. 28 nagaRAJU STRATEGIES TO OVERCOME  Discover your weaknesses  Vow to stop  Restrain yourself  Congratulate yourself  Persist till you conquer
  29. 29. 29 nagaRAJU OPPORTUNITIES ANALYSIS  What opportunities to learn are open?  What situations can you take advantage of?  Do you have people to help/advise you?  What others’ failures can you exploit?  Have you any solutions to others’ complaints?  Is there an unfilled need around you?  What external forces can affect your career?
  30. 30. 30 nagaRAJU EXERCISE - 5  Think & list your opportunities (political, economic, social, technological, legal, environmental)  Form pairs  Describe to your partner  Share with class
  31. 31. 31 nagaRAJU LEVERAGING OPPORTUNITIES If opportunity does not knock, build a door.
  32. 32. 32 nagaRAJU OPPORTUNITIES ANALYSIS Success consists in being successful, not in having potential for success. Any wide piece of ground is the potential site of a palace, but there’s no palace till it’s built. - Fernando Pessoa (Portuguese poet)
  33. 33. 33 nagaRAJU ANALYSIS  What obstacles do you currently face?  What are your competitors doing?  Is the demand for your strengths declining?  What trends could harm your interests?  What threats arise from your weaknesses?
  34. 34. 34 nagaRAJU EXERCISE - 6  Think & list your threats (political, economic, social, technological, legal, environmental)  Form pairs  Describe to your partner  Share with class
  35. 35. 35 nagaRAJU ANALYSIS Threats are Opportuniti es in Disguise DON’T QUIT Ships in harbor are safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.
  36. 36. 36 nagaRAJU TIPS Be rigorous & be objective View from all perspectives Be realistic & be specific Use verifiable facts only Prioritize
  37. 37. 37 nagaRAJU TIPS
  38. 38. 38 nagaRAJU Good Now Bad Now Good Future Bad Future
  39. 39. 39 nagaRAJU EXERCISE - 7 Go through the sample SWOT chart and make a SWOT chart of your own.
  40. 40. 40 nagaRAJU Example Personal SWOT Analysis for Teachers My Strengths   1. I have a passion for teaching 2.I have good inter-personal skills 3.I have a degree in education 4.I have good critical / analytical skills 5.I have excellent communication skills 6.I have plenty of work experience 7.I am good with public speaking 8.I am financially sound 9.I am young and healthy 10.I have a supportive spouse My Weaknesses   1. I have no/little relevant experience 2.I am lazy and suffer from procrastination 3.I lack concentration / attention span 4.I have limited subject knowledge 5.I lack stress management skills 6.I am poor at dealing with conflict 7.I am low in self-esteem 8.I have young children to take care of 9.I have dependent in-laws 10.I live far from the school My Opportunities   1.I have a job offer in a college which suits my temperament better 2.Eventually I could go on for my Ph D 3.I have been offered a scholarship for my doctoral work 4.Our college offers free wi-fi on campus 5.We have well-equipped laboratories 6.Many new educational institutions are opening in my locality 7.My children are offered free education at my school/college 8.Our institution offers an annual gold medal for the best teacher 9.My parents are moving to my neighborhood 10.Our car loan application has been cleared My Threats   1.We have no Ph D guides in this town 2.I have a heavy workload 3.I need to sign a contract if I take up a new job 4.My department has no good library 5.My family depends on my salary and I cannot take any risks 6.Entry level admissions into our institution have been decreasing 7.I am not on good terms with the management 8.Two of my younger colleagues have acquired higher qualifications 9.The new syllabus has chapters that I’m not comfortable teaching 10.This place is quite expensive
  41. 41. 41 nagaRAJU Strengths What do I do well? What unique resources do I posses? What do others see in me as my strengths? Weaknesses What could I do better? What resources do I lack or need more? What do others see as my weaknesses? • • • • • • • • Opportunities What opportunities are available to me? What trends could I take advantage of? How can I turn your strengths into opportunities? Threats What threats could harm me? What are my competitors/colleagues doing? What threats do my weaknesses expose me to? • • • • • • • • Name: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Date. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
  42. 42. 42 nagaRAJU If you wish to become a butterfly, be passionate and don’t be content being a caterpillar. Why crawl, when you can fly?
  43. 43. 43 nagaRAJU What we do TODAY can IMPROVE ALL OUR TOMORROWS
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