Wednesday, April 29, 2009
DANGER IN THE COMFORT ZONE: MINDPOWER HAS REPLACED MANPOWER!
1st Worker: Is your job in jeopardy?
2nd Worker: No. My job is very secure. It’s me they can do without.”
The era of womb-to-employment is over. There are no longer any guarantees of lifelong employment. But you can guarantee lifelong employability.
Organisations are looking for executives who can make quantum leaps in speed, fluidity, responsiveness, precision, and agility.
We are now in a digital world. A supercharger has been attached to speed as a competitive business weapon. The safe routes of yesterday now lead to sterility and extinction.
So what’s to be done?
Take a sledgehammer to your business model . . . before someone else does it for you? Start re-skilling. Elasticate your possibilities.
Flexibility amplifies opportunities. Brain force has trumped brute force.
Start reading different books, meet different people, master different skills.
Keep creating value. You will enrich your actions, interactions, and transactions. Out of such relationships come products, services, and intangibles that will benefit you in the decades ahead.
[Excerpted from the 'Igniting Innovation' edition of The Braindancer Series of bookazines by Dilip Mukerjea. All the images in this post are the intellectual property of Dilip Mukerjea.]
Say Keng's personal comments:
In a nut shell, what Dilip Mukerjea is talking about in the foregoing essay is: Break your Old Habits & Adopt New Habits!
I like to share an insight.
According to peak performance experts, there are three zones of existence:
- Comfort Zone: the realm of our existing old habits;
- Stretch Zone: where true change occurs!
- Stress Zone: where the challenges are far beyond or may overwhelm our current experiences;
Recent neuroscience research has discovered that when we consciously adopt new habits, we create parallel synaptic paths, & eventually new set of neurons, that can cause our pattern of thoughts to jump into novel tracks.
That's to say, the more new things we experiment, the more we step out of our Comfort Zone, & move into the Stretch Zone, . . . the more creative we become as a result, both in the workplace & in our own personal lives.
Interestingly, the new ingrained habits can create parallel pathways that can even bypass those old ones. How about that?
So, my humble advice - as well as Dilip's - is to do something different every day!
We believe, just by getting out of your normal habitual routines will make you more aware of the many possibilities that may come your way.
Come to think of it, I reckon these are the only few things you actually need to get moving: a sense of wonder & a willingness to explore, experiment & play!