Every Bruise is a Learning Opportunity

Every Bruise is a Learning Opportunity

Kids run and play almost all day long.

Falling down and bumping into things is very natural.

Bruises & abrasions (within limits) are all badges of real world learning for your little one.

When they fall down, and bump their head, their brain starts to wire that this is painful and not to do what they had just done. For the young brain, it might take a couple more tries/bumps for it to really sink it, and every bump/fall is a learning opportunity, first not to do that which cause the bump, but also the brain grows by exploring alternatives to doing the same thing in a different way.

Companies can go back to basics and learn from the original & most natural way of learning. Learning through failing. Too often many companies are bad at failing. It’s ok, if its a tiny mistake, that has minimal cost implications. Once it scales up to 10s of thousands of dollars, things change and failure becomes frowned upon. When there is no room for failing, there will be no room for the organization to wire itself up against not to do that thing, it also disallows growth through finding suitable alternatives.

What can you do? Start at a manageable level, (i.e. Just big enough to make an impact) and empower staff to make decisions and drive projects at that scale. Give them total freedom to try, with only one caveat – come back with a learning on how to make it better. If the project succeeds, everyone is pleased and the process continuous, if the project fails, be aware of what caused the failure and figure out a new way to make it better.

Does your organization have room for learning by failing? Share if you think it is working and how it can be improved in the comments, I love to hear from you.

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“When Boxes Turn Into Pirate Ships”, Making The Best Of Available Resources

"When Boxes Turn Into Pirate Ships", Making The Best Of Available Resources

Blocks of wood magically become ingredients for a pizza

Boxes turn into helmets

Sticks become drum sticks

Empty bottles become magic wands

and the list goes on …

Kids are amazing in that their imagination knows no bounds, and they are always able to the best use of what ever they have on hand. The world is their stage and everything becomes instruments in making their world a more exciting place.

In the workplace, we are not always fortunate to have all the best resources available. If budgets were no issue, then sure, perhaps, you could, but that would be the rare occasion than the norm.

Hence, we should learn from kids play and turn every available resource in the organization to their best value and to your advantage. If its just sitting around not doing much, why not just leverage it. The extra computer, the additional admin personnel, the extra thousand dollars, everything adds up like magic to make an even better pizza, if you just made the best use of all available resources.

If you have thoughts on how we can best leverage available company resource, please share your thoughts in the comments, I love to hear from you.

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“Parenting is the new MBA: Succeed at work by applying parenting skills” is a column that combines 2 distinct areas of my life: my professional view on workplace management & my personal experience as a parent.

All day is “Give my best” day

All day is "Give my best" day

Regardless of time of day, kids are super kids all day, without a good concept of time yet, kids will do most things till they complete it, they will also do most things with whole hearted dedication. If they don’t know how to do it, they just keep trying. The same determination that teaches them how to pick up a single pea with their fingers, the same will that powers them to take their first step.

Kids are fighters

Kids are optimistic creatures

Kids keep on doing it

Kids give their best all day

The caveat to give their best is not always being on their best behaviour, but really pouring their heart into everything that they do. It could be making a mess of the home too. 😃

As employers and employees in organisations big and small, it is the collective giving our best in everything that we do, in all the tasks that will result in the least friction and best outcome for the organisation and hence, its people.

Let’s learn from kids to give your best in everything.

When on a task, forget about time, don’t let the calendar reminder distract your thought process. Really block out time to get something done, well. What do I need to do a little more so I can get it done, do you need someone else’s assistance? Keep trying so you make it happen, iteratively work on the project so there will be continuous exploration and learning.

At the end of the day, giving your best not only helps the organization but yourself too. You’ll definitely grow and be better the next time around.

Are there days when you felt you had given your best? How did that work out for you? lease share your thoughts in the comments, I love to hear from you.

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“Parenting is the new MBA: Succeed at work by applying parenting skills” is a column that combines 2 distinct areas of my life: my professional view on workplace management & my personal experience as a parent.