Do you use smart approaches to work and strategy? Are you or your team well-educated?
People often talk about being smart, doing smart things, and how to become more successful. Can you be smart and not well-educated, or vice-versa?
Traditional education systems have faced a lot of challenges over the past few years.
Many people suggest that the pendulum is swinging a different direction for higher education. What was once considered essential, or a dream for first generation college degrees within a family, has waned slightly.
Education still matters. It matters a great deal. However, you can be well-educated and not necessarily make smart choices or decisions.
What matters the most for your job, your career, or your business?
More experience sometimes suggests smarter. When people have tried something and it doesn’t work, they often try again just a with a little more knowledge.
Learning can happen in many ways. It can happen from experience, from reading, listening, watching, and from a formal setting.
A combination of knowledge and experience seems likely to produce the best results.
Experience only, may give you skills, yet, at the same time it may limit knowledge base to a somewhat fixed opinion.
Can you learn commonsense? Can someone teach it?
Success for many people in the workplace comes more from navigation rather merit. It matters more how you can navigate situations and people rather than the technical aspects of work.
Both are needed, but both are not often in abundance.
Doing things the way you were taught may not always mean you’re doing things right. It is true for what you’ve read, learned, and even what you have experienced.
Being smart often matters more.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.