I had been on a recent LinkedIn discussion where some participants were attacking each other because of their credentials. The attackers were completely overlooking the legitimate points that the person was creating. Blinded because the individual didn’t have the suitable amount that the Turks had spent years attaining. The point by this un-degreed individual was suggesting was really moving the conversation involving a creative solution. The one being assaulted needed another career path to this stage which helped provide distinct thought-provoking ideas. Not everyone would even entertain the possibility of the option due to the dearth of amounts.
Confirmative and standard linear paths are minimizing what can be done. Everyone following the identical path, getting exactly the very same credentials, working in the exact same type of organization (size and industry ) creates a silo-narrow believing that reduces the chances to leap frog into fresh land. In reality, the exact same path diminishes the creativity needed to create a real difference. We are not talking about brain surgery. We’re referring to thoughts. Ideas that may spark additional ideas. Ideas being overlooked because individuals evaluate a individual not by the thought but from the path taken.
The diversity of those in the conversation is what helped stimulate ideas that worked. Those without the credentials were hard the status-quo by adding creative thoughts. Those without the credentials were challenging by questioning to understand and know more. Those with no credentials were ready to be wrong by asking what people who have credentials believed were”stupid” questions. Proof their is no stupid question as any question can stimulate a notion.
Personalized versus conventional career paths.
The education system has placed folks on a predictable linear route. Go to college, graduate, continue to a different school, graduate, continue to another school to obtain a PH.D.. You need to concentrate, take certification examinations and move them. With all these degrees and certifications, you were guaranteed a job. An attendance-paid-pay type position where five minutes feels more like four hours. After a couple of years, or a job or two, you are promoted. It is a linear ladder of what we had been told was that the definition of success.
The inherent believing continues as you looks for another job. Your resume must contain the exact words that could be searchable by recruiters and human assets. If you attempt to create a different resume, you are not found. If your resume is like all the others, together with the most amount of hits the magical words, the one with the cheapest rate is chosen. Quality is not discussed.
Everybody reading the very same books, doing exactly the very same jobs, following exactly the same methods/methodology and using exactly the same frameworks is not being creative. And it isn’t stimulating new ideas.
You’ve got many more chances of success by having a personalized path, creating opportunities to explore your talents and finding not only what it is you are capable of, but what you enjoy and in which you love to spend your time. You have several more odds of succeeding by being willing to take a chance, to be prepared to be wrong.
Think of what you do. Does five minutes feel like an hour or so does a hour feel like 5 minutes have passed. Identifying the two will enable you to make two lists. Love/Hate and the passion you have for each.
We’ve lost of artwork of believing. We’ve lost the experience of journeys. We’ve lost our capacity to listen to ideas from those who took another path to reach a frequent point. We have become a commodity cog in the wheel in which we make a minimal difference in the world. We’ve reached a point where new ideas are infrequent because taking a risk with a notion is considered wrong. And we are afraid of being incorrect.
I attribute this to the fact that we are all thinking over the box that was produced during our early lives. We were discouraged from becoming different, (coloring outside the lines) from creating a lifetime from something that we loved (where four hours seem like five minutes) when it didn’t lead to a typical job title and career.
Technicians are first to listen for what won’t work. Our thoughts is geared to eliminate versus aggregate. We estimate what to eliminate, to discredit, to dismiss people due to the journey he or she took instead of listen for what we can build from their thoughts. We discredit together with all our”Yeah, but” or, as in this LinkedIn Discussion, publicly discredit the person because he or she did not have what we believe the right credentials.
It’s their words, your disposition, and your degree of admiration which determines the effectiveness of your listening. Are YOU filtering out good ideas due to your beliefs? Are you missing out on being a part of something big because you are ignoring someone due to their credentials?
Listen to ideas for the thoughts, not through an evaluation of the origin. Allow your creativity to see what works or what discussions it may lead towards. Sure, some ideas could be way off base and of small value. These ideas still have to be heard. Listening requires openness for others to have a chance and be erroneous. Listening for the favorable allows us to stimulate the creative mind, turning mediocre ideas into ideas that greatly move things ahead.
Some ideas will work really well on their own. Some need minimal or significant tweaking. Some notions ignite completely new exciting directions or caution that’ll become the critical point of approval. Focusing on the thought (or the components which are workable) excite a dialog to move things ahead. They spark a conversation that results in building something which makes a difference.
The diversity of thought matters most.
Pat Ferdinandi, Chief Thought Translator & Business Architect
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