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#213 What is your real value add?

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What is your real value add in the work place?

  • You can perform tasks, but need supervision, coaching, and course correction.
  • Given a task, can you do it independently from end to end? This is possible for small tasks.
  • For bigger tasks, if you are provided resources, do you have the management skills to produce results?
  • Given half a problem definition, can you complete it and form a complete problem definition?
  • Can you provide thought leadership to shape the future of your organization?

If the answer to the above is “no,” are you willing to learn with an open mind?

The point of identifying the real value add is not pigeon hole your capabilities, but to assign tasks with some assurance of success, to set stretch goals, and to create a roadmap for development.


#212 Splitting the atom

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Spoiler alert: this blog is perhaps more abstract than it needs to be.

The following two personal events will trigger profound discoveries and realizations in ourselves:

  • Acknowledgement of reality.
  • Change in behavior.

They both require separation of self from thoughts and behavior. If you can separate these three elements, you can see the “reality” that is independent of these elements. The separation is similar to nuclear fission. Fission does not normally occur in nature, thus if you want to achieve this separation, you will have to put in the effort.

After separation, it is necessary to combine these elements back together to form new thoughts, and new behavior, and perhaps a new self. This is similar to nuclear fusion. Fusion occurs in nature, as a case in point, look at all the combinations of thoughts and behaviors being tried out to reinvent ourselves. The social media simply amplifies these efforts, and thus can be said to give out a lot of energy.

While the difference between fusion and fission may look academic, it is interesting to draw parallels with leadership development. Developing the leadership bench requires both fission and fusion. The fission happens within each individual, and the fusion happens when organization policies are drafted to create synergy among its human resources.