The difference between the best and the worst, between success and failure, between mediocrity and excellence, is often very small. Witness how tight the spread between first and last place can be in an Olympic downhill race. A single insight is sometimes worth a life’s experience. That is one reason why I call myself a lifelong learner. There is a constant need to fine-tune our skills, to be constantly on the lookout for those little things that make a big difference.
Every organization needs to continuously adapt to its business environment. Naturally, responding to external changes requires internal changes, and these changes can range from incremental to transformational. Achieving sustainable change is hard. Arguably the single biggest challenge in achieving change is changing people’s behaviour.
Reading remains the most available, affordable and practical way to develop ourselves and our interactions with others. Here are two books that have a great deal to teach us about learning, mindfulness, professional development, leadership, and coaching in organizations.
In contrast to the ongoing conversation about technological advancement, the topic of empathy is turning up everywhere these days—in best-selling books, in surveys, and perhaps not surprisingly, at conferences exploring the future of the workplace. While an admirable trait, empathy is also being proven a powerful edge, a conduit to deeper understanding, better responsiveness and improved communication between employees, managers and HR professionals.
Natalie Michael shares some great coaching questions you can ask your best and brightest people.
What if the real question behind rock-star recruitment decisions was not how to find the illusive top performers—but to create them. What if the key to finding and keeping potential has much more to do with growing it as opposed to competing against other companies for it?
Let’s revisit a very simple concept with complex implications—aspirations without communications are unlikely to be achieved. It is in the free flow of those communications, fed continually by quality feedback, that we find the grounds for turning aspirations into very real innovations.