A childs education should begin at least 100 years before he is born…
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Education, either for children or for adults is a path that has to be carefully defined and more carefully implemented. Takes time and need perseverance.
To climb the ladder of success you must get through the crowd at the bottom.
Few start from the top, and in most of the cases they miss what you learn starting from the bottom.
Is a tough path, but taking it to the end brings lot of pride.
But always remember and respect the people you met at the start that didn’t make it.
You’re there, because of yourself and because each of this persons brought to you to push you up.
You never know who is right, but you always know who is in charge.
As we discuss business issues, too much time we loose in assigning tasks more than thinking of where the correct position stands.
When facing a problem or a decision, take your time to decide the path and fix who’s in charge of driving.
In many cases, including change management and day by day operations, is always fundamental having a target to aim.
Because knowing where you’re heading gives you at least four kind of stimulations:
- A common sense “of rowing” because if objectives are clearly defined and communicated are at least a common point of reference
- A shared vision (this supposes to have done at least some on-boarding for people on objectives )
- The ability to find a workaround on the path, but continuing to aim to same direction
- something to discuss on
Of course, the higher the role you have, more clear you have the target you’re aiming.
But not all the areas of the organization may have the same level of knowledge of why they are working for.
And this is the most critical pitfall: on-board people on common targets to achieve a shared vision of the path, while defining a clear time frame in which is feasible reaching them.
“I don’t mind going nowhere as long as it’s an interesting path.”
If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t go anywhere.
Dustin Wax at Lifehack writes an article on the importance to think fast (full article at http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/on-luck-success-and-10000-hours.html).
I agree on the importance to think fast and I’m confident that this ability comes from a continuous and targeted training: in my opinion if our brain is able to “cache” repetitive actions and reactions to situations, when comes the time to act to a similar stimulus, then “knows” the path to use or at least has clear some (all) options.
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