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The Power of Saying Yes

The Power of Saying Yes

The Power of Saying Yes is a key concept I have devised from Expanding the Vocabulary of Yes is another great takeaway that I got from reading the book from Frank J. Barrett Yes to the Mess. The way he explains this is that one of the biggest blocks to creativity and improvisation is getting stuck wishing the situation was different. The alternative in his own words are to develop an affirmative mindset: in every condition, there is always a positive pathway to be found or a potential to be noticed and pursued. The Cynical Manager The Power of Saying Yes is a way to overcoming the glamour of no. Barrett mentions that too often in many organisations, cynicism is established as a way to attain status. For many people, cynical responses to ideas seem justified because they are more “realistic”. Too often, executives become far more adept at critiquing others’ ideas than they are at creating their own original ideas or lending support to those of others. Frank J. Barrett Yes to the Mess, page 169 What is needed is what the author defines an expansive …

Being Deliberately Developmental

Build Your Skills: Being Deliberately Developmental

Being Deliberately Developmental is a key concept introduced in the book “An Everyone Culture” that I’ve recently read and reviewed. And I think it holds an important place in the context of Building Your Skills for the Future of Work. It’s especially important if you’re not part of a Deliberately Developmental organization, and you don’t yet have the power to influence this transformation for your organisation. Become Deliberately Developmental Even as a simple employee, you can focus on developing this intent through a set of key practices. Let’s see them together: Become developmental buddies with someone. Creating a sense of home is important for your development, and you can experience it by mutually sharing what you’re working on about yourself. Remember that it’s not about giving each other advice about how to solve problems. Rather, it’s about giving one another a chance to regularly check in about how your growing edge is showing up on a daily basis. Useful questions to ask a development buddy go something like this: “What did that experience bring up …

Reading Challenge 2019

My 2019 Reading Challenge

Last year in September, I decided to go back and read more. I have been an avid reader in the past, but in the previous three years, the number of books that I had read decreased consistently. There was always something more appealing, probably a Netflix series to watch. I kept browsing a lot on the web, but it’s not the same. So in September last year, I took the resolution to read more. And have since used Goodreads to track my advancements, using the Reading Challenge feature, which essentially allows you to set a target and keep track of how much you read. I set myself to read at least 50 books. Well, I’m now well over 100 (and the year is not over). The Value of a Reading Challenge But what are the advantages of reading? Easy: it gives a real boost to my Learning Agility, wakes up curiosity. It allows me to discover a lot of new things. On a personal basis, it will enable me to be authentic (by just having a look at my reading list, you can immediately catch my multipotentialite and knowmad side). …

Good Enough

Being Good Enough

Taking part in a recent event, one of the speaker at a certain point mentioned a sentence that made me think. We need to have the courage to settle for Good Enough Results sometime. Good Enough seems a sentence that underpins a failure, not reaching results. But this is only apparent. We indeed need to accept that we can’t be on top of performance every day. We can’t exceed expectations always. So I embarked in quick research to see if there is something more around this concept. And have found extensive research and contents. Good Enough in Parenthood In psychology, the concept of Good Enough was brought into prominence by the paediatric psychiatrist D.W. Winnicott as he developed the concept of Good Enough Mother. He researched the development of babies and emphasised the role of the mother (or the primary caregiver in her absence). He stressed that fact that mothers don’t need to be perfect. Babies have developed to be able to mature and also survive despite some shortcomings in their parents. So Mothers need only to be good enough to reach this objective. Good Enough in Technology The basics …

Are you a Multipotentialite

Are you a Multipotentialite?

Multipotentialite is the last buzz word that I came through, that helps describe my own personality. I must admit I have missed it. Its origin is rooted in a Ted Talk by Emilie Wapnick, which mainly tried to answer a few common questions for some people. Are you interested in many topics and subject? (Yes) When you are interested in a topic, you deep dive in it fully, just to feel bored after a few days? (Yes) Do you have difficulty in defining what you are good at? (Yes) Do you have problems in adapting to an agenda, and are often led by “streams of consciousness“? (Yes) Is your personal purpose vast to be defined? (Yes) Then there are high chances that you too are a Multipotentialite. In Emilie Wapnick’s word, it’s someone with many interests and creative pursuits. And below you can find her exciting Ted Talk. Multipotentialites thrive on learning, exploring, and mastering new skills. We are excellent at bringing disparate ideas together in creative ways. This makes us incredible innovators and problem solvers. Emilie Wapnick If that doesn’t sound new …