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One step backwards, two steps forwards

Posted by: Nicola Batty
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“As humans, we’re hardwired to want to continuously improve, move forward and better ourselves, so when faced with the possibility of having to accept the need to take a step backwards in order to move forward and improve this goes against everything our gut tells us is right.”

Robert Wagner, Director at the CIPD Qualifications & Apprenticeship.

Wagner wrote a report which detailed the ‘The Transformational Curve’ which included the four levels of maturity but more importantly what is needed to move through them. We call these moments of ‘stepping back’; Pivot Points of Change. These pivot points represent the time when something has been successful, even highly successful, but there comes a time when due to the maturity of the business they become inefficient and enter the decline phase of success.

Whilst Wagner’s report was aimed at overall business strategies, company leaders and large-scale L&D departments, I think it’s relevant to look at the traits of ‘moving backwards, to move forwards’ in a personal-development sense.

If we intend to continue developing in our careers, our skills and experience and apply these to real world businesses that are growing, logic would dictate that we too need to become aware of our own Pivot Points of Change. To positively meet change and develop we must be able to anticipate and choose to react positively to these pivot points if we want to, not only continue progressing but also maintain a competitive edge in the market.

Navartis is a Learning Culture where we strive daily to better ourselves and collectively work together in order to drive higher performance. When someone does a great job, we recognise and reward but then we ask ourselves; How could we improve for next time? What could we have done differently to make the outcome more profitable and efficient? By us acknowledging that the only way to move forward is by sometimes taking a step back to reflect and evaluate, it allows us to be at the forefront of L&D in our profession. We can build regression time into our planning models with confidence, knowing full well that it is a necessary part of growing and maturing.

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