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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As Jack Weich (Executive Chairman, The Jack Welch Management Institute) says in his article “You’re Getting Innovation All Wrong“, we should not be scared by innovation. In particular, everyone should engage in the game without waiting for the “innovators” to come.
“You’ve got to make innovation everyone’s job, all the time.”
According to Lolly Daskal ( ), to stay on top you need to keep innovating.
These 7 habits will help you:
1) Constantly connect the dots, in order to gain new insight and see relationships that were invisible before;
2) Commit to asking questions, by asking new questions you get new perspective;
3) Actively try new things, the real innovation is not in seeking new horizons but seeing the horizon in a new light;
4) Find points of intersection with Others, for ideas to germinate a diverse set of perspectives, thinkers, questioners, and doers is required;
5) Have a sense of purpose, great innovators are powered by their passion and use it as a sense of purpose;
6) Cross-pollinate ideas, creativity happens when two things collide to create a whole new idea;
7) Make innovation a daily routine, if you want to become a master of anything, it takes discipline and commitment;
Reducing working hours can be good for productivity? Economists have suspected it for some time: with higher working hours labour output per hour would fall. The number of working hours is not what matters. Rather, it’s the quality of your time and effort that drives success.
But working less and accomplishing more is not easy. Innovation, creativity, time management are your best allies. Micha Kaufman, Internet entrepreneur, in his article on Forbes suggests 10 Tips to work less and accomplish more:
- Have two computers, one for work and one for play;
- Being productive is impossible if you are not at your best;
- Hear your favorite tunes;
- Work nice with others;
- Love your to do lists;
- Take a break;
- Reduce the noise;
- Love your job or leave it;
- Recharge your batteries
- At some point just stop.
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Stewart Friedman, in his book Total Leadership: Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life argues that leadership in business cannot be merely about business anymore: it has to be about life as a whole.
The purpose of Total Leadership is to improve performance at work, at home, in the community, and for the private self (mind, body, spirit) by creating mutual value among these four life domains, to produce what he calls “four-way wins”.
Friedman explains how three simple principles can help to become a better leader and have a richer life.
- Be real: act with authenticity by clarifying what’s important
- Be whole: act with integrity by respecting the whole person
- Be innovative: act with creativity by experimenting with how things get done
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Go back to the basics. That is the imperative of radical innovation. As founded by some economic studies, radical innovations consistently generate more positive performance outcomes than incremental innovations. As a consequence, sometimes a brand new radical approach may be the best winning card to break through situations. The article shows how this basic and even foregone assumption is able to cherish change. By way of summary, the challenge is having the courage to break old rules.
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The idea was to come up with a set of tools and tactics to keep great ideas flowing — from everyone in the company, not just the designated “creatives.”
In this TED, Linda Hill talks about what’s the secret to unlocking the creativity hidden inside your daily work, and giving every great idea a chance.
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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