What’s Your Linear Path?

I was on a current LinkedIn discussion where some participants were attacking each other due to their credentials. The attackers were completely overlooking the valid points which the individual was creating. Blinded since the individual did not have the proper amount that the Turks had spent years attaining. The purpose by this un-degreed person was indicating was really moving the discussion towards a creative alternative. The one being assaulted had a different career path to this stage which helped provide different thought-provoking ideas. Not everybody would entertain the possibility of the option because of the dearth of amounts.

Confirmative and standard linear paths are minimizing what could be done. Everyone following the same route, getting the very same credentials, working at precisely the same type of organization (industry and size) generates a silo-narrow thinking that minimizes the chances to leap frog to fresh territory. In fact, precisely the same path diminishes the creativity needed to make a genuine difference. We aren’t talking about brain surgery. We’re referring to thoughts. Ideas that could spark additional ideas. Ideas being overlooked because people evaluate a individual not from the thought but by the path taken.

The diversity of those from the conversation is what helped excite ideas that worked. A wide but focused group of those willing to challenge and extend their thinking is doing work which makes a difference, a real difference. Those with no credentials were hard the status-quo by adding creative ideas. Those without the credentials were challenging by questioning to understand and understand more. Those with no credentials were ready to be incorrect by asking what people who have credentials thought were”stupid” questions. Proof their is not any dumb question as any query can provoke an idea.

Personalized versus conventional career paths.

The education system has placed people on a predictable linear route. Proceed to school, grad, continue to another college graduate, continue to a different school to acquire a PH.D.. You have to specialize, take certification examinations and move them. With all those degrees and certificates, you’re guaranteed a job. An attendance-paid-pay type place in which five minutes feels more like four hours. After a year or two, or a job or two, you’re promoted. It is a linear ladder of that which we were told was that the definition of success.

The inherent thinking continues as one looks for a different job. Your resume must contain the specific words that can be searchable by recruiters and human assets. If you attempt to create another restart, then you aren’t found. If your resume is like all the others, together with the maximum amount of hits the magic words, the one with the cheapest speed is chosen. Quality isn’t discussed.

Everybody reading the same books, performing exactly the very same tasks, after the same methods/methodology and using exactly the very same frameworks is not being creative. And it isn’t stimulating fresh thoughts.

You’ve got several more chances of success by having a personalized route, making opportunities to explore your abilities and finding not only what you are capable of, but what you enjoy and in which you love to spend your own time. You’ve got many more odds of succeeding by being willing to take a chance, to be willing to be wrong.

Think about what you do. Does five minutes feel like an hour or does an hour feel like 5 minutes have passed. Identifying both can enable you to create two lists. Love/Hate and the passion you have for each.

We have lost of artwork of thinking. We have lost the adventure of journeys. We’ve lost our ability to follow ideas from those who took a different route to reach a frequent point. We have reached a stage where new ideas are infrequent because taking a risk having an idea is considered wrong. And we are afraid of being incorrect.

I attribute this to the fact that we’re all thinking within the box that was created during our lives. Our home, school, and associations stopped us from being creative. We were discouraged from being different, (coloring outside the lines) out of creating a lifetime from something that we loved (where four hours look like five minutes) when it did not result in a standard job title and career.

What does this have to do with you?

Technicians are to pay attention for what won’t work. Our mind is geared to remove versus aggregate. We judge what to eliminate, to discredit, to ignore people because of the travel he or she chose instead of listen for what we can build from their ideas. We discredit with our”Yeah, but” or, as in this LinkedIn Discussion, openly discredit the person because he or she didn’t have what we consider the right credentials.

It’s their words, your disposition, and your degree of admiration which determines the effectiveness of your listening. Are YOU filtering out good ideas due to your beliefs? Are you missing out on being part of something big since you are ignoring someone due to their qualifications?

Listen to ideas to the ideas, not through an evaluation of this origin. Allow your imagination to see what works or what discussions it might lead towards. Sure, some ideas may be way off base and of small value. These ideas still have to be heard. Listening requires willingness for others to take a chance and be wrong. Listening for the positive allows us to excite the creative mind, turning mediocre notions into ideas that greatly move things beforehand.

Ideas are everywhere. Some ideas will work very well by themselves. Some need minimum or major tweaking. Some ideas ignite completely new exciting instructions or clarification that will become the critical point of acceptance. Focusing on the idea (or the parts that are workable) excite a conversation to move things forward. They spark a dialogue that leads to building something that makes a difference.

The diversity of thought matters most.

Pat Ferdinandi, Chief Thought Translator & Business Architect

Improving the communication experience between business & technologists.

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