What’s the best and most intelligent way for career success in a marketplace that is compulsively unstable, volatile, and without precedent? Though there are many instances in which you should trust your gut, this is not one as there are too many unpredictables.
In contrast to the unpredictable economy, social scientists have their fingers on more predictable behaviors—thanks to the demands of the workplace, and increasing research sophistication. This new frontier comes from the venerable fields of organizational and interpersonal behavior. Indeed, today’s talent age drives cutting-edge researchers to shed light on how to solve complex problems, invent new solutions, build expertise, engage interpersonally, and make the most of those important moments when what is said or done impacts colleagues, customers and business processes.
To a surprising degree, behavioral scientists are identifying common and very human behavior patterns. They have researched and identified the best, often unconventional, or off-the-radar-screen strategies for achieving important personal objectives. Most of this research is hidden away in academia.
While this new territory can be scary, it is also encouraging. Because of the gains of neuro- and cognitive science, there are actually far fewer limitations than conventional wisdom would lead us to believe. “Raw talent,” as it’s often labeled, is vastly overrated. So, those who mind the new career research have everything to gain.
My experience with a diversity of clients and the research on expertise, have taught me that it’s most important to act as if chance is irrelevant. Persistence and tenacity are the key factors of success—not intelligence. Today we know that persevering professionals, with feedback and coaching--what’s called deliberate practice--can develop their own professional intelligence.
In this forum, we intend to make some of the core behavioral research available in readable form.
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