Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable. – William Pollard
One of the key things I learned while taking a career sabbatical was that careers are not meant to remain stagnant just as we ourselves do not remain stagnant, we grow, we mature, we discover … we simply experience life.
Promotions and going “up the ranks” is not development, learning and unlearning skills, monitoring and reviewing the environmental context, is.
I am not advocating that everybody go on a career sabbatical, however, I do advocate that each one of us dedicate, or at least plan, at least half an hour to an hour a day to learn and unlearn new skills, gather information and analyze it to understand trends and changes, and set a goal to aspire to, in other words, constant innovation.
The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. – Alvin Toffler
This is similar to any business out there. A business that does not listen to its customers, continue to innovate and grow will eventually go out of business. Customers would have evolved and other competitors or substitutes would have been born let alone the economic context would have changed and it would be too late.
The key is to never stop learning, never stop observing, and never stop focusing on a goal, for,
If you don’t have a strategy, you’re part of someone else’s strategy. – Alvin Toffler
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