I’ve seen more life in the past, glorious, upheaved decade than when I was actually young (chronologically speaking), and free to do what I wanted….
Every brand today needs to constantly learn to adapt, sustain, and thrive. Whether you are an entrepreneur, a professional working in an organisation, or someone looking to start out fresh after a flailing business, you are ‘usually safe’ when you are learning along the way.
We all experience difficult patches in our careers and business at some point. But accepting these frailties beforehand and planning a succession from thereon is what our strategic imperative should be. Instead of ruminating of what didn’t work, you should think of how can you redirect yourself from your failure towards a new progression path.
Truth be told: this sounds easier than we think. But if we are firm in what we can offer to the world through our expertise or even evolving know-how, you’d always go north.
So, as the title reads, what does ‘learning insurance’ mean anyway? And how can we apply this perspective to our thinking complex, simply?
Learning insurance means you’re [financially] covered and progressively secured in your career as long as you invest in your personal and professional development.
When you learn more through others’ midway [and even starting] failure points, you can pivot accordingly.
That said, how can you cultivate a learning mindset and still be insured when you’re facing trying times?
How are you keeping your brand’s ‘learning’ insurance in check?
Let me know!
This sounds trite. But it’s not. We are all inundated with more and more work. And trying to cope with new challenges – personal and professional – at some point drain us down. We are left with no energy to feel our special ‘creative self’ that we have in us: for things that really matter.
Whether it’s gardening or baking your favorite strawberry cheese cake or calling your long missed friend from far away – making time will keep you more purposeful.
While I could have written ‘create’ time – and it’s a lovely, nourishing, energizing work. But I settled with ‘make’ as it sounds and feels more intentional – somewhat deliberate.
Use this word more: ‘make’.
It will help you put things into actions. Things that you love doing – and are not.
And also make time to be idle. Just do nothing (no, it’s not a weighty word – sounds like an oxymoron, right?)
Okay – now I’m getting the flow. (See? Perks of being idle and not thinking you’re idle.)
Let’s get it.
Make time to:
Let’s not forget that when you ‘make time for yourself’, you express your own version of originality, which will help you articulate what your personal brand stands for.
So, it’s time to make some time 🙂 and live your life more fully.
Have you got some ‘make time’ moments? Savor them. Live them. Seize them.
Now, I would have rather stated this as a question that goes like – ‘Why You Should Have a People-first Organization?’ But that doesn’t fit the bill as now it’s totally implied to be one [people-first organization] than for you to spout rationalizations that may or may not help you align with this statement.
Valuing your people is crucial. While it’s great to talk about delivering superior customer experience, a lot boils down to execution of establishing such best practices in the first place.
Designing value systems, a rock-solid, efficacy-oriented culture and brand persona is the first place to start with. In fact, it’s all about designing the holistic, consummate experiences for your employees, so that they can then cultivate the same language of experience with the customers they serve.
Instead of calling it a linear or growth-oriented approach to cater to your employees’ needs and aspirations, we should rather create an experience which is ‘fluid’, real-time, human(istic) and responsive.
However, the question remains how.
A couple of thoughts I’d like to have you mull over in this regard:
Think through these 8 – and see if you are already executing these or you’re underway.
Whatever continuum of spectrum you’re at, engineer your organization’s human capabilities to cultivate these tips.
And, yes, here’s wishing everyone a great 2019!
I read this in my Twitter feed – ‘Life is staggeringly short and infinitely precious’. Makes you pause and think for a while – right?…
There are abundant opportunities in the market – especially when the majority of businesses are built on the Web.
Whether you are a blogger, a fashion Instagrammer or Youtuber – your success hinges on the Web: the way people respond to your work and your personal brand.
However, there a potential flip to your brand’s success as well: if you rant and ramble instead of educate and inform, you lose your credibility faster than you think.
But the good news? People are more receptive to your failures and bleep-ups – and they genuinely respect the fact that you can try again and revisit your personal brand on the Web.
So the constant fail-iterate –grow-incrementally mentality does thrive on the Web (and offline as well).
Your tenacious A/B testing – of your website, your content, and your brand’s resonance –will help you navigate an otherwise ‘tough love-driven’ online ecosystem.
And all of the ‘testing’ that doesn’t work still rewards you with learnings that can make you sharper in knowing what can work in the near future.
‘If you never try, you will never know’ is the only way forward to grow. Otherwise, we would all be comforting in our ‘home growth strategy’ – which, perhaps, wouldn’t be helping us much if we don’t widen our perspective and growth horizons.
The best part, failing better stretches our mind’s capacity to new limits – and would never be pulled into our previous way of thinking.
So the corollary of growing fast – and right – is by trying more, testing more and parlay those learnings into your business growth stack.
And more than any other way to know how you are progressing is by leaving it to anonymity – aka, the Web. People are more aware than ever about your company, your product, your solutions and can make a perception about your brand more intelligently than you think.
Let your content do the communication – and you do the execution part.
The rest, as they say, is history: aka your weaved-out narrative that has the potential of building lasting brand love.