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Do you really know it? January 9, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — laurajuarez @ 9:46 pm
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How many times have you listened to a speaker, read a book, received feedback / instruction from a superior, heard 360 degree feedback, or attended a seminar only to say, “There wasn’t anything new…  I already know most of it.” 

But here’s the thing… if you aren’t doing it, you don’t know it.

If you “know” that physical fitness improves your health, lengthens your life, and enhances your memory & happiness quotient, but you aren’t actively & daily working a plan, you don’t really know it.

If you “know” that employee engagement statistically impacts a team’s productivity, quality, and desire to excel, but you haven’t invested the time in developing a written plan with goals, actions, and measurements that you are DOING every day, you don’t really know it.

If you “know” that work problems get solved by first understanding the data behind the “as is,” diving into the root cause of process failures & data shortfalls, collaborating with experts, and developing a “to be action plan” with dates, accountability, and measurements, but you continue to fight the fire every day, placing Band-Aids on war wounds, and blaming the people who perform the process, you don’t really know it.

If you “know” that, in order to have the greatest impact on your business, you must invest 85% of your time on the high payoff activities, but you continue to lose days to urgent but not important fires and issues, you don’t really know it.

If you “know” that you become your very best when you are working a professional development plan that focuses on your strengths and unique gifts, and that the plan has dates & accountability, but you continue to only read what your supervisor sends you or you happen to stumble across in your inbox, you don’t really know it.

What do you think you know that you don’t REALLY know?  And more importantly, what are you going to do about it?  Have higher expectations of excellence for yourself than anyone else has of you… this is the quickest route to becoming a linchpin in your company, and more importantly, feeling awesome about the work you are doing.  There’s nothing more thrilling than learning something new & mastering it.

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One Response to “Do you really know it?”

  1. “There wasn’t anything new… I already know most of it.” This line caught my eye because a) I have found myself thinking that and b) I’ve delivered training sessions in which I’m SURE that a number of my participants have had that thought.

    You make an important point: there’s a difference between “knowing” something (in theory) and knowing *how to do* something (in practice). In my opinion, part of this is on the learner – to be self-directed and motivated in order to put things into action. And part of this is on the presenter – it’s important to not just teach about a subject (in theory) but also to teach about how a given topic or skill or behavior or ability can be put into action. Sometimes something that seems relatively simple (in theory) is much easier said than done (in practice).

    Thanks for the thought-provoking post!


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