Showing up: the importance of being there in person.
Speaking up: the framing the debate and articulating the consensus.
Teaming up: the importance of partners, teams and communities.
Looking up: the importance of seeing the picture, articulating setting strong values and setting sights high.
Not giving up: the importance of persevering and being optimistic.
I can personally speak to the importance of these five powers. The first power, in particular, is an important one to remind ourselves of. In this era of digital communication and Web conferencing, there is nothing like being face to face with someone to foster strong relationship building.
The blogger concludes by reminding us that:
Achieving goals is always a matter of hard work, and success is never guaranteed.
And of course, as W.C. Fields put it:
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.
Every effort brought forward, every attempt is a learning opportunity and valuable experience.
Talent doesn’t make you successful because talent is just a word which sums up three different character traits. These can all be developed; they’re not ‘innate’.
People who are successful tend to be:
I quite like Doug’s perspective as it suggests that if someone applies themselves, they have the capacity to be successful. I compare this perspective the Roman Philosopher Seneca’s quote:
Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.
Equally as powerful is a quote from motivational speaker Bob Nelson:
The biggest mistake in life is to think that you work for someone else. True, you may have a boss and you may collect a paycheck from a company but ultimately, you are the master of your own destiny. You decide what potential you reach in your career and what you will eventually accomplish in your life.
The bottom line is that people aren’t just successful or lucky, but rather they work at it.
Their statistics indicate that employees are doing more job training off-the-job and off-hours resulting in higher current productivity numbers. Supervisors in particular, are gaining job skills for both today and tomorrow before or after work, at home and on weekends.
Since the research shows that productivity increases when managers take training on their own time, the most successful managers will have to sacrifice more of their personal time to enhance their knowledge and skills. This of course is going to affect the work-life balance, which might potentially come back and have long term negative effects on productivity.
Reni Gorman points out that the use of microblogging in education is a recent area of interest compared to the uses of microblogging as a communication channel for news or marketing.
In a literature review on microblogging, learning and performance in the workplace, she explains that the research around microblogging tools like Twitter is directed towards using such tools as fostering informal learning and staying in touch with a support group to foster lifelong learning. She states however that research that examines the potential of microblogs with regard to learning and performance in the workplace is currently lacking and proposes a table of contents for a study.