We usually have to face obstacles in our daily life and we must be ready to deal with such challenges in the best and the most effective way.
Successful leaders continue to grow and learn on the job. In fact, an essential leadership attribute is the ability to remain open to new ways of thinking and to continuously learn new skills.
According to the research Learning About Learning Agility by the Center for Creative Leadership and Teachers College, Columbia University, the willingness and ability to learn throughout one’s career is increasingly important as changing technology, markets and methods require new skills and behaviors.
Over the long term, your ability to learn new knowledge, skills and behaviors will equip you to respond to future challenges more than your current skill-set.
Researchers found five tips that enable one’s learning agility:
- Innovate: Challenge the status quo
- Perform: Remain calm in the midst of adversity
- Reflect: Take time for reflection
- Risk: Purposely seek challenging situations
- Defend: Be open and avoid defensive thinking
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Which are the nine most important things that it is possible to learn in our life? In an interesting article mixing numerology, wittiness and common sense, Maria Popova, the founder of “Brain pickings”, tried to create her own personal list.
Here’s the result:
- Allow yourself the uncomfortable luxury of changing your mind. In a world where everyone has an opinion, sometimes being incoherent and changing our minds could connect us with our hidden self.
- Do nothing for prestige or status or money or approval alone. The best incentive is to do what makes you happy.
- Be generous with your time and your resources and especially, with your words.
- Build pockets of stillness into your life. Finding the time for a walk or for yoga allows you to stay centered, to generate ideas and to entice your creative thinking.
- When people try to tell you who you are, don’t believe them. The assumptions made by those that misunderstand who you are and what you stand for reveal a great deal about them and absolutely nothing about you.
- Presence is far more intricate and rewarding an art than productivity for. Look for what makes life worth living.
- Expect anything worthwhile to take a long time. At odds with the culture of immediacy, let’s enjoy the period of blossoming “where all the real magic unfolds in the making of one’s character and destiny”.
- Seek out what magnifies your spirit. Who are the people, ideas, and books that magnify your spirit? Find them, hold on to them and visit them often.
- Don’t be afraid to be an idealist.
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Creativity, as has been said, consists largely of rearranging what we know in order to find out what we do not know. Hence, to think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted – George Kneller
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Creativity is, according to him, the process of having original ideas that have value and it is possible only if we are not afraid of being wrong!
Children are not afraid and for this all children are creative. But schools teach them not to make mistakes and so they begin to stigmatize mistakes…