Do you fear becoming obsolete? Liz Wiseman offers a solution. Rather than run from roles for which you are not qualified, seek them out. In fact, in a world where 85 percent of your knowledge could be irrelevant in as little as 5 years, this strategy may be the key to maintaining and advancing a successful career.
Liz is the bestselling author of Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work. She helps us see how taking on a new challenge, especially when it feels like a stretch, gives us the best chance of staying relevant in an ever-changing world. She also points out the immense value of rookies for our organizations, particularly in leadership and mentoring roles traditionally reserved for more experienced workers.
A frequent contributor to Harvard Business Review, Fortune, the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Entrepreneur, Inc. and Time, Liz has been named one of the top 10 leadership thinkers in the world, and her firm has worked with organizations like Apple, Disney, eBay and Google.
In this conversation, we talk about:
- Why what we know is less important than how fast we can learn
- Why we should take jobs that we are not qualified for
- How experience may get in the way of what we most need to learn
- How experience can actually decrease our relevance and performance over time
- How choosing jobs that involve inquiry and discovery will keep us relevant
- Why one of the most valuable aspects of learning something new is the struggle involved
- Why rookies bring in 5 times the expertise of experts
- Why we need to watch out for mediocre thinking to stay relevant
- The link between surfing with the rookies and testing your assumptions
- What effective reverse mentoring looks like
- Why the word leadership may not mean what you think
- Anti-perfectionism and the power of keeping things small
Liz is curious about what distinguishes between a rookie and a novice with rookie smarts. She wonders why some people persist while others give up. She is equally curious about why so many senior leaders look and feel so broken and what we can do about it.
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