Would you say that you’re the kind of person who likes to chase after new things or do you tend to delve into the nuances of something you already do?
While teaching 7th-grade math students, Angela Duckworth discovered that grit, rather than talent, was the greatest predictor of student success. That observation led her to further research on the topic, eventually writing a book, speaking at TED, being interviewed on podcasts like Freakonomics Radio, and being a MacArthur Fellow (a.k.a the MacArthur “Genius Grant”).
As I was listening to the aforementioned podcast, she said something that struck me as critically important:
“…if it’s a goal of yours to become [an] expert in something, one of the skills is to learn to substitute nuance for novelty.”
For all of the novel trends in leadership and development, we have centered our programs around the ideas and philosophies that are timeless. We’ve minimized the distractions created by the new and different and focused our energy on helping leaders develop the muscle memory habits they need to be executive-level decision makers. The reason our Next Leader Now participants perform so much better in their roles both during and after the program — regardless of their industry — is because they learn the critical people skills that drive success in any organization. After considering the point that nuance is a critical skill, it made me appreciate even more the timeless leadership principles that ground our work at Solutions 21.
With that, I ask — how are you developing yourself and your team? Are you looking for the latest or the greatest? Whether you’re distracted by novelty or developing nuance might be the key difference in how your organization continues to perform.