Peacocks are masters at the art of standing out. Each one has a distinct iridescent pattern on its feathers and research has shown when this plumage is put on full display, the dazzling effect does much to attract others.
As strange as it may sound, peacocks can teach us an important lesson about the working world. Simply put, being like everyone else will get you nowhere. Success as an individual or an organization depends on the ability to stand apart from your competition: to be better, more skilled and leading in the delivery of a superior product or service. This requires a commitment to lifelong learning.
The reality is the skills and knowledge that brought you this far in your career or in the organization’s accomplishments, won’t be enough to help you keep up or forge ahead. The worlds of business, government and not-for-profits are always changing and you must keep growing and challenging yourself or you risk stagnating.
More than ever before, organizations need individuals with strong communication, leadership and problem-solving skills, on top of technical knowledge and analytical abilities. Within this environment, individuals who have put in the time and effort to become change resilient, people smart and business savvy have a profound professional advantage over their contemporaries. In turn, the organizations that employ these uniquely skilled individuals are better positioned to achieve increased revenue, productivity, impact and employee satisfaction.
Clearly, then, upgrading your skills and those of your staff reaps many benefits. At the Schulich Executive Education Centre (SEEC), a strategic business unit at the Schulich School of Business, we help managers and executives fulfill their potential and create a roadmap for their future success.
Our wide range of action-oriented, expert-led and credentialed management-education programs are open to the public or can be customized to meet the specific needs of your organization. Within our programs, you learn game-changing skills that can be applied immediately in your place of employment. They include how to navigate uncertainty, how to encourage and implement innovation, how to build strategic alliances with external partners and how to work effectively with diverse stakeholder groups within and beyond your organization.
In addition to enhancing your skills and expanding your knowledge, our programs help to cultivate your confidence. By the end of your training, you will possess the real-world and in-demand skills and knowledge that will enable you to stand out from the crowd, and the self-assurance that will drive you to create positive and meaningful change in your workplace.
There are few things more inspiring than someone who is dedicated to making a difference. This is your time and this is the best path forward. So join us at SEEC and let’s get started.
Alan C. Middleton, PhD
Schulich Executive Education Centre (SEEC)