The pursuit of more: Unlocking potentials in the post-modern era. (Part 4)

Feedback is the breakfast of champions (Ken Blanchard)

The Journey so far. So far, in the last three installments, I have written about the interwoven concepts of productivity and leadership and the interplay of potentials. Along the way, I have established a few principles about the true nature of individuals, organisations and nations especially around how the relentless pursuit of more is at the heart of everything we do. Also, I have examined how individuals can (1) Discover and (2) Apply their strengths. I encourage you to read the Part 1Part 2 and Part 3 for a richer context. The third way for individuals to unlock their potentials is to (3) Grow their strengths. As a focal point in this installment, I will be looking to unpack how feedback can help in the journey of becoming more because feedback is the breakfast of champions.

 

In three years, I sat through many lectures and wrote many tests and exams before I was awarded my degree; none of which is unusual in most institutions. It was not until I went for my Masters programme that I realised the height of travesty that had befallen me and others. For each of the module I enrolled in, I got a written feedback from the lecturer / examiner.

Travesty. Without sounding like a broken record on this, I will state for the umpteenth time that the education system in many countries are absolutely out-of-whack and out-of-sync with the rapidly changing landscape and the reason for this is not unconnected to the lack of proper feedback mechanisms – How do I mean? My first degree was from a Nigerian Federal University (considered one of the top schools in that part of the world). In three years, I sat through many lectures and wrote many tests and exams before I was awarded my degree; none of which is unusual in most institutions.

 

It was not until I went for my Masters programme that I realised the height of travesty that had befallen me and others. For each of the module I enrolled in, I got a written feedback from the lecturer / examiner. Every time I think about this, I have had to truly shake my head in horror of what is happening in the so-called institutions of higher learning where the only form of feedback is the assessments. Not only is this grossly inadequate, it is one of the least reported waste in the history of modern man. This travesty remains even as you read this.

 

It is by continually watering that beauty is created. Strengths are like seeds and for a human being to flower, it is expedient for us to continually tender the garden of strengths.

Grow your strengths. It is no longer a surprise that majority of so-called schools are incapable of helping individuals to truly unlock their potentials. The responsibility for this then falls on individuals to (1) Discover, (2) Apply and (3) Grow their strengths through the course of their lifetime. Parents and Guardians also have a role to play in this. So what does it mean to grow strengths and why? Through the lens of nature, we see how a concept like growth is demonstrated. For instance, we know that there is no static point as such; an organism is either growing or dieing. This understanding is very applicable to unlocking the potentials of an individual. It is by continually watering that beauty is created. Strengths are like seeds and for a human being to flower, it is expedient for us to continually tender the garden of strengths. To attain mastery, one must cultivate one strengths. Training is one of the many avenues to grow strengths but for an individual to truly maximise potential, it is expedient for a human being to pursue continuous improvement and there is no better way to achieve this than seeking feedback.

 

The relentless pursuit of more is one of seven chapters that will equip individuals with the insights needed to defeat the curse of sameness that threatens to reduce us, our organisations and nations to ordinary specimen.

Anticipate. I unpack the application of this principle (feedback) and provide practical ideas on how leaders of organisations can apply it in the context of teams. These and many more are contained in the book which you will have to get when it comes out. The relentless pursuit of more is one of seven chapters that will equip individuals with the insights needed to defeat the curse of sameness that threatens to reduce us, our organisations and nations to ordinary specimen. This installment marks the end of this experiment which has been an attempt to give you a foretaste.

 

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Femi Oni

Femi’s overarching purpose is to inspire brands (individuals, organisations and nations) to unlock potentials to achieve sustainable growth and impact. His mission is to mentor 1000 brands in Africa and beyond by 2025.

Specialties and Interests: Business Model Design & Innovation, Visioning, Strategy Design & Execution, Project Management, Change Management, Strategic Branding, Operations Excellence, Process Modelling, Product Management, Productivity Management, Entrepreneurial Leadership (Startups), , Social Evangelism, Education, Sustainability, Cybernetics, Risk & Compliance.

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