There are plenty of programs for students to learn more about career choices and industries in their field (think internships and co-ops). Why do businesses stop doing that for experienced people?
What if you could build a bootcamp / externship-type program for your business where you bring in talent from other industries to work in your space for a while? What if you could even do this between the different groups within your company?
Do you think skills you have from working in one industry could be useful in another? There’s an easy way to find out once you find a company with this type of program embedded in the organization.
How else could you benefit from the knowledge someone else has in another field?
Do you take the time to realize who you’re working or interacting with?
In the business and Corporate culture there is lots of talk about taking the time to recognize and reward the people you work with and/or your employees. However, there’s hardly any talk about taking the time to realize who you’re working with.
Realizing who you’re working with is tough. It demands that you don’t wait till the end of a project or to see if the expected outcome is delivered, and it requires that you get to know the people you’re working with and really pay attention to them.
Realizing who you’re working with has many more benefits, too.
By taking the time to understand the potential of someone you get to work with (or lack thereof), you can help them achieve greater than what was originally asked. Or, you can realize that the best thing to do is to stay out of their way.
In my own experience, realizing a few of the truly gifted people I got to work with (and some I still do) has allowed me to learn so much more than I otherwise would have and has hopefully allowed them to rely on me in a different way.
I wonder if everyone that worked with Steve Jobs in the very early days knew they were working with such a great mind, especially if his legendary personality rubbed them the wrong way.
I wonder who you’re working with right now that has an even greater mind and all you have to do to help let it flourish or learn from it is make the effort to realize.