We all know how important is for business and for each one of us to have a culture of continuous professional development. Many businesses encourage it and it also helps them to retain valuable employees. What businesses and people could do to improve the effectiveness of continues professional development is by taking it to the next level: A culture of continuous learning. Continuous learning is about professional development plus: Learning from the mistakes done and improve the system to avoid repeating the mistakes. While we can’t avoid making mistake, we can learn from them. Embracing change and innovation to adapt to the ever-changing market conditions instead of avoiding the change and being scare of the associated risks. Improving how we communicate with each other. Each employee will communicate and behave in a unique way. This is more about how to best use all these differences instead of “standardising” them. If we all behave the same, the innovation would disappear. Learning to learn that taking risk is rewarded, while harassment is rejected and disapproved. And much more. In short, a Culture of Learning is about a growth mindset, where opportunities and possibilities are welcome instead of being afraid of.
Have you ever tried to convince a child to stop doing something they want to do? They will keep nagging and bugging you until you give up. I wonder, how much further we could achieve in life if we were to keep that level of resilience as an adult? Let us all go back to that childhood thinking for innovation combined with the childhood level of resilience… Let’s us each one of us wonder how much further we can go, how much more we can achieve…
We can probably remember how many ideas we would come up when we were children. It was like an endless flow of innovating ideas and we did not see problems. We only saw obstacles for which we would come with a new idea to work around and resolve it. We always found a way… Then, we grep up. I wonder how much more productive and happier we would be if we just let loose our imagination, like when we were children, when we were happy to fail, learn and make it work. Bring back that mentality in which always came up with solutions for any barrier that we encounter in our life, when we just saw the fun side of life… I would like to challenge all to bring that children thinking back to our life, at least for a day, and find out how much more you can achieve.
Sometimes businesses and people read, get mentors and hire business coaches to improve, to take it to the next level. However, they are afraid of experimenting, implementing innovating ideas, and concern of what others would think if they do it. The point they often miss is that to improve, to take it to the next level, the business/individual must embrace change and be willing to take calculated risks. Calculated risks and change are the pathway that leads to success and prosperity. You know what you want to achieve, so that is your goal, plan a route and follow it. When you find an obstacle, focus on your goal, change your plan as needed and keep moving toward your goal.
Like all parties and event, business have a purpose. This purpose is about the launch of innovative ideas, it is about the people behind the business, it is about the relationships with others and it is about the contribution and service to others that get rewarded. Opportunities will come to the businesses that practice and sustain all the above, as well as having all the client and customer they can manage. How focused is your business purpose with the actual on-going business activities? If you want to renew or re-focus your business activities, contact me at www.idealthinking.com.au/contact-me
Sometimes people let pass a fantastic opportunity because they do not have the talent, the education, the [insert]… What they missed is that commitment, passion, attitude, a “make it work” mindset, a wiliness to learn, change and adapt are all you need to make any opportunity for you to make your dreams a reality.