Today, I wanted to chat to you about learning...
I want to start by asking, are you a good learner?
In the future the successful 'learners', the active learners will thrive, in fact it has already been identified as one of the Top Skills for 2025. So I urge you not only to think about learning in terms of formal development but as a daily opportunity wherever you find yourself.
THE BIG DON'TS
1. Do not only develop for your skill deficits, look at your top skill and how you can boost it to the next level. Great careers are built on your areas of excellence so put in the work there too
2. Do not try to attend everything! Fomo with all the training events and conferences can get overwhelming. Be decerning and think about the value you are looking for
3. Do not make your development, someone else’s job - it is not your exec or HRs responsibility - it's called PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT for a reason
4. Do not buy into the myth that training has to cost money - there are literally a bazillion free resources online, your investment is the time!
5. Do not take for granted that you are getting management training FOR FREE, by virtue of your role and proximity to the management teams.
4. Do not get into the mindset of 'there is nothing left to learn' - that is NOT the world we live in anymore!!!
Being able to learn and develop will be one of the most essential elements in evolving our profession and your role in it, for the future. It will help us find specialisations, areas where we can add additional value and help us deal with challenge and change!
“We now accept the fact that learning is a lifelong process of keeping abreast of change. And the most pressing task is to teach people how to learn.” — Peter Drucker
So remember - First you learn and then you earn!
When we are confronted with negative feedback our gut instinct is to feel hurt and defensive. So how do we cope with this in a mature and constructive way?
1. Remove your ego.
2. Ask yourself is the feedback valid?
3. Taste and opinions differ so you won't always get things 100% right, newsflash you are not psychic, and you are not a machine! Stop and think about what the person is asking you, what they want and why they want it? ASK MORE QUESTIONS AND TRY AGAIN
4. Remember that constructive feedback gives you something to work on (an important factor for anyone who wants to keep improving)
5. ALSO remember that there is a difference between constructive feedback and criticism. Be discerning enough to know the difference and choose what to take onboard.
6. Monitor your emotions - the other person is expressing what they need, not trying to break you down or tell you that you are not good enough. Take feedback in the spirit it is given and don't take it personally. It is about a specific piece of work, not about you as a human being
7. REMEMBER you cannot be all things to all people and that is ok! Know when to move on if you need to!
Take the feedback, use it as fuel to improve or as a signpost to make a change - either way you WIN!
We are all human, we make mistakes and get the brief wrong - that is not a deal breaker, the deal breaker is when we think we are too clever to learn or too perfect to improve. If you create, if you innovate, you will fail from time to time but remember either you win or you learn!
Have a wonderful week and please remember to check out The Assistant Lab, a new podcast that I am hosting with my colleague and dear friend Victoria Wratten of EPAA https://theassistantlab.buzzsprout.com/ we would really appreciate your support!
Today I wanted to talk to you about choices.
Not all the choices I have made have worked out, not all of them served me or made sense to others but they are MINE!
Sometimes there is no perfect choice, only the one you can live with, and avoiding the choice is one in itself, you then have to deal with the status quo or the choice that somebody else makes for you. Which is significantly worse (most of the time)
We all face tough decisions, cross-roads, detours and times when we need to reinvent or change trajectory. The most powerful thing you can do is be decisive, practical in your approach and not look back with regret. Do not delay, do not see the choice as a loss of another opportunity. Don't get stalled in life because you don't want to make the call between option one and two!
EVERY choice you have made has brought you to where you are NOW!
Don't like where you are? There is great news....you have the power to make better choices from today to get you to where you really want to be.
Each choice comes with unexpected impacts on your life but also unexpected blessings. Wishing you could go back and do one thing differently would have a ripple effect on everything else (the butterfly effect), so stop looking back to that one incident, that one bad decision, the choice you made when you didn't know any better.
Be present, think about what you want your future to look like and create the habits to support that future vision.
Your next step doesn't need to be a big one, you just need to start with the next smallest step, the next smallest choice and be consistent.
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