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I started out on ZyncroBlog by commenting my ideas on what enterprising initiative means in a wider sense of the word. I encouraged you all to be enterprising and carry out all initiatives possible through a journey of constant learning that enables you to develop new and better skills and competences.
Retaking the comparison we made of the entrepreneur’s journey with Snakes and Ladders, today I’ve got some golden rules to remember when traveling around the board to achieve your mission and vision.
Golden rules that are essentially factors that affect any enterprising initiative:
Firstly, our competences that represent our integrated set of knowledge, skills, aptitudes and attitudes that we put into play in any situation or activity.
We need to identify our competence resources!!
Both resources acquired in informal and formal contexts. The goal is to be able to design an improvement plan that will help us to achieve our objectives, while being sufficiently inspiring and motivating to encourage us to continue to develop our professional and enterprising competences.
Secondly, values or beliefs that limit us or build barriers against our enterprising initiatives; some our own, others imposed by our surroundings.
For greater comfort and quality of life, understood as the level of goods and services we’re capable of acquiring and consuming, we have adopted behavior and attitudes characterized by:
- Wanting a stereotyped success, which brings us far from any initiative that involves going out and finding our own concept of success;
- Seeing a job “for life” as the best option for us;
- Believing that as employees we’re not paid to think, and less still to propose and even carry out our own initiatives, and:
Being true inter-entrepreneurs!
- Or simply, running from any situation that involves risk or failure, giving up on the only factor in life that involves true learning.
All these beliefs have been fed, among others, by an authoritarian, hierarchical business culture and a “human resources” management model that doesn’t take into account that those resources are “people”.
People with extraordinary competences waiting to be discovered…
And willing to be promoted in order to contribute to the good progress of those companies, with initiative, independence and creativity.
Thirdly, we should mention alignment with the environment. This involves being able to identify and analyze all information emerging from the surroundings, be they economic, socio-cultural, political, technological, environmental, etc. in order to prevent threats and design measures and leverage opportunities.
Any successful initiative with vision for the future will have to watch for the wellbeing of its people and care for the environment.
Last but not least, cooperation and online work. Working as a team with all the people involved and being able to commence shared projects in all areas. Undoubtedly here the role of Enterprise Social Networks for Enterprises, like Zyncro, is key, as they enable an optimum management of knowledge in the company, which in turn aids cooperation among and between teams.
To conclude, I sincerely believe that the most interesting and exciting part of the journey is not reaching the end, but being able to develop our competences and share success and being in harmony with our own values and our surroundings.