In the world that keeps moving faster and faster, everyone is challenged. The constant velocity of change set pace to an even greater need to become better and better at a multiplied rate than before. Innovation has become a sacred word that even books on the topic become hunted by entrepreneur, managers, CEOs, even daily house mother that just try to run a business while baby sitting her children.
As country against country and organizations against each others to take the lead in the competition, it seems that the race to become better seems to take additional burden on personal level. It is because organization behaves as organism because indeed humans drives it and when organization would like to become better, humans inside it has to become better as well.
“You learn something everyday if you pay attention” ~ Ray LeBlond
The pressure that will build into personal level is actually where the challenge is the biggest. In this micro level , with the already many life problems that faced by each ones of us, loads of responsibility to improve are put on our back by the necessity of organization to improve. Even it is understandable that if organization is not improving, at the end we will have the consequence by having much more problems (such as layoff, salary cut,etc.). Thus this becomes non-negotiable deal that led to rapid change in our lives. Those who can learn fast will adapt to the organization and those who do not improve will be left alone.
“Each day learn something new, and just as important, relearn something old.” ~ Robert Brault
My remarks is that to keep pace not only we have to learn something to get better. Getting better means not only to learn something new, but also to never hesitate to re-learn and most importantly unlearn the things that is of no value for the future.
Researchers have been recently analyzing about organizational learning so vigorously because the many facts that proves that organization that could learn faster than their competition could lead the race. One of it is the works of a notable researcher from MIT, Steven. J. Spear in his book The High Velocity Edge. He mentioned that the top organizations that he investigated could lead their industry year in and out because the learning capability. It means success comes not only because of a good performance or planning, but more accurate is when learning and learning it fast.
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The value of learning could not be emphasized further by human as every parents sent their children to school and for some until university. The result expected is beyond a paper that prove the child to be graduate as an engineer or a doctor, but to prove that the child can actually learn. In school and/or university, people learn how to learn because it is no doubt that those who could learn faster has a big probability of getting way easier in this life and be more successful than those people who are considered a hard learner.
Feynman is an influential theoretical physicist and his works is radically changing the world. one of his works is in the development of atomic bomb as an important assistant. He is also considered a pioneer in the field quantum computing and introducing the concept of nano-technology. Behind his successful career, he shares with the world a method called Feynman Technique to teach how to learn anything faster.
Productivity cannot be separated from learning as by learning, one can devise a thousands of ways to reach a goal and hence increase their productivity. Leaning to learn as a way to become more productive is very deep concept. In a sense that being more productive involves updating and enhancing our foundational concept and remake the structure of our minds in learning things. This knowledge inside our head will at the end gives additional capability to us to think about probable improvement of methods that will later increase productivity of our desired goals.
I love this book because its unconventional and direct way of delivering ideas. Its structures are clearly divided by points and followed by explanations. What’s more about it is that for me, this book really match with The Dip by Seth Godin. While The Dip intelligently describe how we can achieve our goals and going through the bad times with persistence, it somehow pass an important point of how can we enter into the road that leads to our goals. Brag! is all about leveraging your capability to enter the path of your dreams.
The book turns up side down the conventional notion of bragging and by calling “Bragging is an art” and pointing vital phenomenon that the 21 century workplace is no longer a safe and secure haven for anyone or any career because job security is virtually non existent.
The motto of this book is that if you don’t speak up yourself then who will? The idea lies in bringing out a new paradigm in which we are the product, nevertheless of where we work and how long we have already work, we are a product for employer. Therefore, the goal is for us to create the most valuable product that worth to be offered.
What I like about this book is the so called Myth of bragging. It really open up a whole new horizon about what bragging truly is. In the book it is presented 7 point on the Myth of bragging. Of all of those points, number 1 and 4 are what gets me excited about learning to brag because I have done exactly these myth and now that I know that, I can change.
1: a job well done speak for itself
2: i don’t have to brag people will do it for me.
What I don’t like about this book is the assumption that introvert is the same as shyness. Because bragging is not just for an extrovert, but for all. In fact, the best performers are often an introvert and as Malcolm Gladwell repeatedly remind us, performance and introversion could go along really well.
A last note about this book will be besides learning the art of bragging, it also gives a resourceful tips for those who struggle with performance review and and will help with tips for those who need to pass job interview.
Human is not without conflict. It is because human is a social creatures and the need for communication is enormous. I am not someone who actually have an expertise in psychology. But to know that understanding of this unique field that explore human behavior could immensely contribute subconsciously to the way we are living our lives, the way we deal with problem, the way we solve conflict, the way we perceive others and finally the way we see ourselves.
Let alone the seemingly never ending conflict of two world of introvert and extrovert. One could get fired just because extrovert boss do not understand their subordinate introvert by thinking that he do not like to work with him because he seems not friendly and outgoing. The impact of realizing the existence of different personality could better clear the unspoken expression of human nature.
A person next to me do not think like I do, but it doesn’t mean that he is wrong.
As a regular person who is not an expert in psychology, I find out learning about some of personal psychology model substantially changed the way I see the surrounding in a good manner. There are a vast array of personality models, but here, I would like to share only some personal psychology models that I use and which I found practically useful.
4 –Quadrant Personality Models
A practical use is 4 quadrant model which comprises several models. The famous among 4 quadrant model that is for me really helpful are Human Nature Model, DISC, Merrill Reid Model.
This model is undeniably famous in business, whether to screen potential employee, in education, or for development of current employee. It really is useful in many circumstances to better understand us and our team partners in terms of their behavior.
Another complementary of DISC model is Merrill Reid model which focus more toward social styles or how people actually behave or act. Unlike the previous one which concentrate somehow more inner being of a person, this is really concentrate on the act the a person does. It is helpful to know this model to be able to read your team partners and their favorite acts as to use them fully in the fields that they most enjoyable in doing it.
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a more complex model but also useful in addition to the previous model. It is about how people perceive the world and make decisions. The MBTI focuses on normal populations and emphasizes the value of naturally occurring differences. However, I really find that the 4 quadrant concepts are all rather simple to be applied as it is not too complex and really focus on being use more toward working with others.
Without the existence of these models to help us understand others and to learn to see the other person’s behavior from a different set of eyes, there will be many misunderstanding among people. Too often we view other people from our own eyes and our own frame of reference. The key to success is to understand there are many ways to approach work and they are all effective. Each of us has a preference for an approach that works best for us individually without regard for what will work best for another person. But actually in believing that our way is the best without understanding other persons perspective will only destroy team performance.