Commentary by Nick Rakhshani

All leaders are learners. If you aren’t learning you’re dying. But learning requires intention, and a commitment to success. A quick survey of people in business shows those that have accomplished great things have a deep commitment to learning. They are continuously working on their skills in key areas of business. You may say everyone wants success, everyone wants to be lead a purposeful life. But not everyone is willing to learn.

How does one go out figuring out what to learn? How to set goals? At times we don’t know what we need to learn or feel unable to decide. Yet at other times we know what we want to learn but don’t have the necessary assessment tools to help us evaluate what to learn.

The following article provides 3 assessments that can empower you to learn and jumpstart your goal of moving towards a more purposeful life.


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In today’s highly competitive business environment, we all need to be in constant learning mode. No one can afford to take a vacation from developing new skills, especially as economic and political uncertainty threaten businesses and job stability and make future career prospects unclear. So how do you make sure your skills – or your team members’ skills — are keeping up with the pace of change? How do you identify which skills are most important for you or your team to learn? And how do you determine if you need to make a career change in order to keep learning and stay engaged, or whether there are enough opportunities for growth where you are now? The three assessments below offer some practical guidance on how to begin. There’s also a tool from Heidi Grant Halvorson that will improve the odds of sticking to your development goals once you’ve set them.

Curiosity is the basis for the kind of “learner’s mindset” that’s needed for success in a changing world. Companies want people who ask smart questions, who explore new ideas and solutions, and who are eager to grow. This assessment can help you examine your own curiosity profile, measuring three key areas: Unconventionality, Intellectual Hunger, and Experiential Curiosity. The assessment itself is scientifically validated and based on extensive research. Try it and see where you rate on each of the key measures and how your own score compares to those of other assessment takers.

Research shows that the biggest worry most people have at work is that they’ll become obsolete — that their skills won’t hold up over time or even that they’ll lose their jobs, or the best assignments, to savvier up-and-comers (or robots). This assessment will help you determine your risk level and offer some practical, concrete things you can work on to help future-proof your career.

According to research, we fail to achieve our goals 50% of the time. But motivational science shows that phrasing your goals as if/then statements can increase the likelihood of reaching them. If/then statements prompt action by taking advantage of how our brains are wired. Stating “If it’s Monday morning, then I will sit down and plan out my week” creates a trigger in your brain so that when it is Monday morning, you automatically know that it’s time to plan your week. This tool breaks down the process of goal setting using if/then statements into 4 steps. While it’s designed for individual use, it can also be helpful for teams to walk through it together.

Research shows that our lives alternate between periods of stability and transition. For many people, midlife or midcareer is the most turbulent time of all. Once you’ve achieved a certain measure of success, you may be asking yourself whether you want more of the same or something different—and whether your work allows you sufficient room to experiment. This assessment will help you figure out whether you’re ready for a change, or whether you should stay put and make the most of your current situation, with practical steps for moving forward when the time is right.

 

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