It is possible to purposefully grow your company or organisation on a weekly basis, but it will not simply happen by working harder.
Start with your own learning growth. Company growth is tied to purposeful personal learning and growth.
Think and work smarter.
I listened to a very interesting conversation with Daniel H Pink, an American author who is an influential voice on interesting new approaches in the American business world. (Visit www.danpink.com)
Dan talked about the difference between a performance review and a review of personal growth. Although the first should lead to personal objectives about personal growth he states, and I agree, that getting feedback twice a year from a conductor would not make the orchestra members grow. Nor would the opinion of a coach twice a year make a sports star perform better. A performance review with a senior every six months is nice, but it’s not enough. What is essential is a lot of feedback, very often.
Getting feedback is nice, but don’t hold your breath that someone will give you feedback. Dan advises that you should give feedback to yourself, once a day.
Are you making an attempt to learn each day? Dan is the first to admit that he does not necessarily grow every day in the sense of purposefully learning something useful. But, he states, everyone knows we are on earth for a finite period, and once you get into the habit of checking that you do learn each day, your next day, after having had missed a day, has to have more meaning. He invariably makes an extra effort the next day.
A good friend of mine years ago recommend to me to hold a Weekly Review meeting each Friday. Since then, I do it and also pass this recommendation on to all my clients: Review each week (2 hours) not only what you have achieved with each clients and then plan your next week, but also review your own learning and growth. Your own organisation needs to grow each week and this only happens if you grow. If this growth does not happen a week is lost – forever. You cannot regain it.
Dan advises that small teams should get together once a week during which each team member recounts what each has learned in the preceding week. This is a learning meeting. Exchange ideas about what you have learned. Others will be interested. Tell us more! How did you discover this? Could you give me more information? How amazing! These sessions might just provide a spark that might take you or your organisation to a new level.
What do “solopreneurs” do, that is, lone consultants who do not have colleagues with whom they could share experiences about learning and growth? Dan advises that solopreneurs establish their own small peer network with individuals of other companies. Get together periodically. Share what you have learned, what you have experienced, and what you have read.
Over a period of many years I have been meeting a consultant/friend every 10th day or so for a two-hour session. We share information freely, influence each other about what to read and swop actual written proposals and even presentations. We also long ago have reached the stage where we can express robust opinions which run counter to what the other believes. Both agree that these meetings are absolutely essential. Find time for such meetings – they are important and a must. My life is certainly enriched by these discussions.
One has to see learning opportunities. Every day presents opportunities which could and should be analysed. What is the lesson contained in each?
An important question: What am I learning?
Albertkeywords: learning, organisation, personal learning and growth