06 Sep How the “core skills” interrelate
There are three core skills we can develop and use to respond and thrive in the face of the six biggest disruptors impacting our world, and these skills interrelate, inform, and strengthen one another.
How? Let’s start with a reminder of what these three skills are:
The practice of becoming more fully aware of what’s taking place within and around you, and responding with one or more aspects of kindness, compassion, gratitude, emotional balance, and wisdom.
A set of integrated behaviors that involve a person deliberately seeking new and challenging experiences, receiving and applying feedback along the way, and regularly reflecting on what they’re learning.
The art and science of communicating in a manner that influences others to empathize with the storyteller and respond to a specific call to action.
Now, let’s talk about the interrelationships:
- Mindfulness practices create a present-moment mindset of curiosity without judgment.
- Curiosity without judgment fuels the desire to keep learning and stretching ourselves, which shows up in learning agility types of behaviors.
- Non-judgmental curiosity, activated through learning agility, provides an endless stream of fresh content for both the stories we can tell…and the story (or brand) that we are constantly becoming.
The more we discover powerful stories and the more we fine-tune our own storytelling, the hungrier we are to learn and grow. The hungrier we are to turn and grow, the more present we want to be so we don’t miss out on any of the wonders that are unfolding before us.
Mindfulness empowers Learning Agility which empowers Storytelling. Storytelling empowers Learning Agility which empowers Mindfulness. And it’s not hard to see how Mindfulness and Storytelling directly empower one another as well.
One skill contains the other two skills. We can set aside energy to develop specific components of each skill, and in doing so we strengthen the other ones.
This is good news. This is living into possibilities, and cultivating the optimism to respond to disruption rather than simply react to it.
In my work, I write, strategize, and coach about how to develop these core skills and their corresponding habits. These are the skills that will help us thrive amid disruptive possibilities such as AI, Big Data Algorithms, and Biotechnology, and make wise, courageous choices in the face of Climate Change, Industrial Complexes, and the National Debt.