“If the KAP fits…”
I have taken to asking people to imagine it’s 2012 and they are addressing an audience on how they became super-successful in their field. The response is very revealing...
As well as the obvious elements of setting goals, believing in yourself, and so on, most people talk about the key principles they will adopt to get to the top.
They seem to think the foundation for professional success is based around the three fundamentals; Knowledge, Skills, Activity.
Not so long ago, I would have agreed. Ok, maybe 20 years ago. But even 12 years ago, even as I began to have doubts on this, I still might have wanted to agree… to wish it were true.
And many people still do, because it seems fair that way. In fact, it makes things rather neat, and fits our world paradigm, so we accept such ideas, until…
But the world has changed (to coin another truism), and whereas these three ingredients were once a recipe for achievement (to which people searched to add an “x” factor), no longer is it enough to simply work hard, know more, and have all the techniques and skills at your fingertips.
Myth: “Knowledge is Power”. There are hundreds of people all around who rise to the top, with less knowledge than those who look up at them from below. It’s not knowledge, but Know-How, Know-Who, and Know-Why that is Power.
Another Myth: “To develop yourself you must focus on developing your skills”.
OK, skills are important. But as I’ve written before, it’s accessing your innate human abilities which will have the most impact in moving you to the top. I have seen hundreds of business people spend thousands of pounds on attending hundreds of skills-laden courses, without it making the slightest difference to their success.
Myth Number three: “The World belongs to the Busy”.
Most people are busy. In fact, I’ve never known so many busy people! It has become a status symbol, a badge of honour to be really busy… “maxed out”.
Yet, we all know and recognise it’s not “busy-ness” but Productivity that wins the day. It is about creating the space to focus and to do those things that are “business critical” which will produce the best results.
So, rather than Knowledge, Skills, and Activity, focus on:
to determine your success.