Naturally, a book titled, “Originals”, would attract me.
As Learning Rebels, our role within the workplace is to not only shape the learning needs of an organization, but also to flip it, blend it, slap it around and create something new, fresh and purposeful. Learning that drives people to be actively involved and training that helps people struggling right now. However, not in the traditional manner. In a way that sucks people in, propelling them to want more and realize that your content is incredibly helpful, and is the “go-to” source for critical information. This is what I love about the book “Originals”.
In Originals, Adam Grant addresses the challenge of improving the world from the point of view of becoming original. How can we voice fresh ideas and values that go against the grain and battle status quo? He asks the question: How can we originate, buck the system and not risk someone telling us to not have the door hit us on the butt on our way out?
It is easy to tell ourselves to do things differently, to be original, and to think beyond the norm – it’s quite another thing to march into the office and get ‘er done. Fighting status quo on a daily basis is tiring, frustrating and hard – but extremely rewarding when results are seen. Still, as has been echoed many times within these pages – status quo shattering, first, starts with us. It starts with a good look in the mirror and some serious gut check questions:
Where are you on the continuum?
- Are we quiet because we know the chances are good that we will be silenced?
- Because the battle is too uphill, do we give-up trying to create programs that matter?
- Do we not take the risk of proposing something different because we fear the reaction?
- Are we managing our fear, or just living with the path of least resistance?
- Are we settling for the culture we are working in, or are we actively trying to make changes – however small?
- Do we recognize pain points and try variable solutions? Or are we indirectly causing pain points?
Do you feel good about how you answered these questions? Do you feel you have forward momentum or are you comfortable with what you know and what you are doing? However, could it be, familiarity breeds contempt? Have we become so comfortable in our space that haven’t noticed how entrenched we have become? It’s hard to be original and innovative when wrapped up in the coziness of our current capabilities.
In his book, Adam Grant reminds us that perfection is not the guiding light. He reminds us that out of all the creations of Picasso, only a certain percentage are considered masterpieces. What if Picasso had waited for perfection to strike? We would be without some of his great work and the art world would be a little less bright.
Creation not perfection!
Therefore, the point is to focus on creation, and not worry about perfection, affect what we can. Rise up, and concern ourselves with areas we can control, on areas that matter most, and then create, innovate, and move forward. This is to say, there are times to be innovative and times to just get it done – then balance the two for optimum success.
Week 4: January Book Giveaway EXTRAVAGANZA
Congratulations to last weeks winner: Andrea M…go and defog that brain Andrea! WOOT!
This weeks book is: Originals by Adam Grant, and it wraps up our January Book Giveaway EXTRAVAGANZA!
It’s the perfect way to set the tone for the rest of the year. That being said, I do believe we have hit on something fun. When talking about learning curiosity – Learning Rebels has always encouraged “being insanely curious” about what you do and in life. This book giveaway has been some awesomesauce!
I’m overwhelmed by the responses from last week’s giveaway, and soon you will see a compiled list of the “sleeping tips” entries. So now, lets get this show on the road…
Here are 3 ways to enter this weeks giveaway.
1) Comment on this blog post (mandatory). What did you read this year that rocked your world? (Interested in more books recommended by Learning Rebels – check out our book page)
2) Join the “Rebellious Readers” reading group, new book begins February 6th.
3) Post a picture of what you are reading now (or have recently read) on Instagram with the hashtags #LearningRebels #ReadingNow
Big, SUPER BIG, Announcement!
So, here’s what Imma gonna do…each month, Learning Rebels is going to giveaway one book. Counting this month that will be a minimum of 15 books. You never know, we may be giving away multiples copies and other stuff. Some may be training related, others for life, still others for creativity. This is about driving our 2017 goal of Purpose and Progress.
My goal is for all of us is to keep reading and sharing. Take some inventory, by the end of 2017 you should be doing things differently than here on January 23rd. Starting with changing some habits, and then taking advantage of your inner “badness-ness”, taking care of body and brain by fixing the Brain Fog and lastly – taking charge of your originality, letting your innovative flag fly. This is why I’m wrapping up this month with a call to action!
Call to Action!
Enter the giveaway by posting in the comments what rocked your reading world in 2016. PLUS, any other books you would like to share. Here is a list of the three books we have given away so far.
- The Power of Habit: Charles Duhigg (winner: Rachel D.) Read post here.
- You are a Badass!: Jen Sincero (winner: Kayla R.) Read post here.
- The Brain Fog Fix: Dr. Mike Dow (winner Andrea M.) Read post here.
rachael debates says
A lot of good questions and points in this post!
Tricia Ransom says
Your questions got me thinking. I think I”m happily wrapped in my coziness because I’m a team/department of 1, and I have tight deadlines. However, I am trying to improve…I remind myself every day.
Chris Coladonato says
Think my favorite part of this post is: “The point is to focus on creation, and not worry about perfection, affect what we can. Rise up, and concern ourselves with areas we can control, on areas that matter most, and then create, innovate, and move forward.” As a recovering perfectionist, it can be difficult but it’s so rewarding to create and move forward even if it is small steps. Celebrate that….not perfectionism!
So many books, so little time…..I think two books that really resonated with me in 2016 are Show Your Work by Austin Kleon and Make it Stick by Chip and Dan Heath.
Show Your Work – 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered is a quick easy read but one that makes you question and think. Are you sharing your work? Are you sharing only when it’s perfect? Are you sharing while it’s in progress? Or…are you keeping it to yourself and if you are, why? This book resonated with me since it’s what I’m doing more of (and aspiring to do more of) and help others do the same. Let’s break down some silos and share our work!
Make it Stick helped me to think about how I’m pitching ideas and programs to my internal clients. Is my idea “sticky” and does it resonate with them or is it forgettable? They share some easy to implement tips and tricks to help your ideas be more sticky and memorable.
Okay…I have one more that jumps to mind…Your Brain at Work b y David Rock. It’s one I did as a book club at work and LOVED it. Great insights on how our brains work (and told in an easy to understand format through a story of two people) and tips on how to make the most of our brains….
BTW – LOVE Originals!!!!!
Shannon Tipton says
Chris – I love that you are a recovering perfectionist! I’m going to have to steal that statement, as I can attest to, in the past, being firmly rooted into place by perfectionist cement. Great recommendations as well. Show your work has been a giveaway in the past, and I’m with you – love the simple yet thoughtful message. Make it Stick will be the next book we read in the Rebellious readers group. I hope you join and share your insights. 🙂
Alice Nagano says
I loved the questions about the continuum, and found #5 timely to ask myself – Are we settling for the culture we are working in, or are we actively trying to make changes – however small?
Small is difficult because it seems so insignificant. But, I just learned that it can make a big difference.
Shannon Tipton says
Hi Alice! Thank you for your comment. A series of small actions can make a huge impact. Sometimes it’s a matter of chipping away at the stone to find the sculpture underneath. 🙂
Alice Nagano says
Focus + perseverance is a good thing. BTW, I’ve been meaning to write to tell you that because of a blog you posted on ATD’s site, I decided to take their Designing Learning class. Since then, I’ve uncovered a deep interest in “training” and learning with a different mindset. Keep up your great work! Thank you!,
Shannon Tipton says
Alice – that’s GREAT! Which class did you sign up for? It would be awesome if it were one of mine! 🙂
Hi Shannon – I attended the class last September in Honolulu. Kudos to the local ATD chapter for hosting it! Hopefully, our paths will cross one day.