Proactively seeking out new learning opportunities inside and outside your field can be a valuable way to stay on top of trends. You can seek micro mentorship from others and push yourself with new skills. You can also cultivate your pattern recognition abilities, though this comes with an important caveat that you need to always be mindful of bias creeping in and aware of facts vs. assumptions.
- In life, there's often a first move or advantage.…If you're aware of a trend or a development…before other people are, it gives you time to plan,…adjust, and make strategic moves that could be beneficial.…So how do you scan the horizon…for trends that are happening?…Any of us can do it, and here's how.…First, proactively seek out new learning opportunities,…both inside and outside our fields.…Some of that could be taking online courses…or reading books that could spark professional inspiration.…
In the past few months, for instance,…I've read books about the automotive industry,…the shoe industry, and a book about how to import…and sell physical products online,…none of which I'm currently involved in.…But they broadened my thinking and may spark ideas…or innovations in the future.…Second, think about opportunities…for micro-mentorship or, what I like to call,…cultivating a mentor board of directors.…You don't need to have just one mentor.…In fact, those traditional mentor-mentee relationships,…where one older or wiser person takes someone…
- Recognize the pitfalls that negatively impact a person’s mental agility.
- Summarize the process of scenario pre-planning, or “pre-mortem.”
- Recall the importance of a decision journal.
- Explain the advantages obtained by becoming mentally agile.
- Identify the strategy mentally agile people use to avoid data paralysis.