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Wise Skills. Personal Growth Agenda, Resilience and Reflective Pauses
Filed under: Position Searching, Mentoring, Alternate Career Paths
Posted by: site admin @ 8:27 am

There are so many media entries in video, e-books and
podcasts these days that provide “secrets” to land
a job you might desire.  Mostly the contents are
recycled material that helps you become “qualified.”

Competition has increased.  Advice might offer getting
“ahead of the curve,” but how long in advance can you
have the newest item?

There are some honest fundamentals relating to the
human condition and psychological behavior  that
can be lasting skills that are useful in many areas.
Indeed, these skills give you an advantage over “qualified”
candidates who have the required “soft” skills and necessary
“hard Skills.”  To differentiate them we call them “wise
Skills”, like:
    Face-to-Face communication
   Audience Analysis
   Committed Networking
Midcareer people also develop capacities to discipline
their attention and perceive trends with intuition.

Three skills appearing on the horizon of skills that might
differentiate you from other qualified candidates are:
   having a personal “growth” agenda,
   resilience and
   inserting pauses into your NOW habit.

Taken from John Maxwell’s work seeking growth allows
you to see yourself and add value to you and your actions.
In his 15 Laws of Growth book, Maxwell lays out a
reasoning and a method to counter human frailties
in order to balance your life and improve relationships
and careers..the growth paradigm
   sees the big picture, prioritizes
   measures your improvements and applies

Amanda Ripley wrote about Rick Riscorla who may have been
the wisest hire Morgan Stanley ever made.  He was responsible
for emergency evacuation of employees in the twin towers
attack.  Ripley breaks down the psychological impact of
people facing disasters and pieces together what helps people
develop a “survival arc.” 
   Constantly measuring and improving training in ways of
simulating likely scenarios, like evacuations
   Develop and use “breathing exercises” in the face of startle
   Know that there is a way out, positive attitude is a force
multiplier and we can learn from positive and negative events.

Many can identify one of their weaknesses as procrastination
in the face of fears, uncertainties and doubts.  There is a
common understanding that our brains work in several modes
and that the thinking mode is slower reacting.  So when
we are in the middle of an action or reluctant to take action,
you can gain much by pausing to reflect on the experience
to learn from it.  Maxwell offers four I’s to spell out your
  Investigate - reflect and gain insight
  Incubate - ask questions, ask for help, help others
  Illuminate - allow yourself to internally brainstorm
  Illustrate - look for analogies and metaphors, as stories
can clarify.

2 Responses to “Wise Skills. Personal Growth Agenda, Resilience and Reflective Pauses”

  1. site admin Says:

    Another pause mechanism to “reflect” is interestingly called
    a premortem.
    Do you misplace your keys, glassess, cell-phone, etc.? If you
    do, it is quite common. It is less so if you think clearly, IN
    ADVANCE, and always place those essential things in the
    same designated place.

    When we face situations where we are or become stressed
    Levitin said in a TED talk, our hormone levels change and
    we go into non-thinking autopilot.
    What we need to have done is as much as possible think
    clearly about questions we should ask, possibilities we
    should explore and gather appropriate data.
    Levitin gives a couple of good examples revealing statistics
    about NNT number needed to treat before one patient
    outcome is good and per cent of treated who experience
    side effects.
  2. site admin Says:

    Inc reports four “habits” of resilience:
    - make things better, make progress toward goals
    - celebrate the success of others, thank and show appreciation others
    - seek out the big picture and create and keep a mind on long term goals,
    as day-to-day issues can be a challenge
    - be thankful and appreciative; power thank yous and power apologies

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