Think about how much information is thrown at you every day. Most of it is useless, but some of it can be great learning pieces. Now think about whether you actually apply the things you learn. And therein lies the problem.
The issue isn’t that people aren’t learning. It’s almost impossible to not learn in this age of instant information. However, people aren’t putting action behind the knowledge they acquire.
You may read the posts on this blog and think they are great, but if you’re not actively using it to better yourself as an employee, develop as a leader, or change your organization as a whole, you’re wasting your time.
Once information is applied, then you have transformation. Without application, you’re just a useless machine that can spew out random facts. In SGR’s Executive Book Briefings, the bridge between obtaining information and applying it is referred to as the “Knowing-Doing Gap”.
Maybe the hesitation is that it can be overwhelming to start applying new information. You want to change the world—or your organization—but don’t know where and how to begin. These pointers may help:
- Start with yourself. Don’t expect anything to change if you’re still thinking or doing things the same way. Let the change start with yourself. As Gandhi famously said, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” You’ll be surprised at the trickle effect this will have on the rest of your organization.
- Implement one game-changing plan at a time. When you have so many new ideas to enact, it can become very overwhelming. Prioritize your game plan and start tackling the most important objectives. Once you’re through with one, move on to the next one until you’ve accomplished all of your goals.
- Review if your changes are working. The work isn’t over once you have applied what you learned. You must analyze whether those changes are effective. If the changes work, great! (But you still need to keep reviewing periodically to ensure those changes don’t become outdated.) If not, then tweak your idea until you reap the desired results.
Depending on the scope of the change you’re trying to make, you may have to implement a plan and then review it before moving on to the next step. Either way, take baby steps and don’t get discouraged because transformation means you’re on the road to innovation.
How do you initiate changes in your organization?