In the midst of so much data and so many choices, it is vital to create filters as a means to help you synthesize both what you pay attention to and also how you want to present yourself to the macro. Naming and claiming a filter is vital. If I only had one word to brand or describe what I hope to contribute, I would use the word Agility – both as a filter as well as the contribution I want to make.
I would then further describe Agility with three terms Resilience, Responsiveness and Reflection. Here is how I make these terms both actionable as well as mental muscles I practice ….
- How well you bounce back from failure.
- How well you learn from that failure and also inform the entire eco-system of that learning so the lesson can be scaled.
- Diversity of experience–The more robust and diversified a person’s experience-the higher the probability for resilience.
- The more accurate the understanding of the landscape the more appropriate is the interpretation.
- Being responsive means looking into the environment and being able to assess the most appropriate way to “be” in that environment in order to create value.
- Being able to process “just in time” information and synchronizing it with both behavior and language.
- Valuing quiet – no activity time in order for sense-making to occur; you need preserved time for deepening observations into insights
- Creating buffers for patterns to emerge, for retro-review of activities to assess for learning and or future adjustments.
- Having “open space” to allow for innovation. Creativity emerges when there is stillness in which ideas can land and reveal themselves.
Onward in the practice . . .