Beyond Training – Permanent Improvement

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“Perfection is self-defeating.  Constant, daily improvement is empowering.” 

–     A mentor, in reply to one of his team saying, “I won’t rest until it’s perfect…”

Training is great for skills.  Training is great for fundamentals.

Learning, though; learning is the key to constant, daily improvement.

Harvard Business Review wrote about this topic in an article (Reprint #R1903H) a few weeks ago.

The core of their position is that our teams are more adaptable than we often think they are, and that they really do understand, or at least sense, feel and internalize shifts in markets and the impact they have on our companies and our teams.  Ironically, the teams, HBR says, tend to be more optimistic about what lies ahead than do leaders.

Successfully maximizing the opportunities we face today involves establishing and living a learning culture, engaging the teams to help build and adapt it and collaborate, across lines, across companies and within organizations.  More ideas are better.  Remember, ideas are the currency of difference makers.

Last, and most certainly not least, if we can’t embrace uncertainty, we must at least have a plan to manage it, to make it a topic of conversation and to honor its place in our teams, broader organizations and the hearts and minds of the people we lead.

We’ll never be perfect.  But imagine the difference it will make when we get a little bit better, every day!


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