Life, Leadership and Business

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Use of Science and Technology

Personal & Leadership Skill: Use of Science and Technology
Developing ourselves requires conscious planning and focus in specific areas. We should not allow our personal and career development to be haphazard or ad hoc. Having a careless attitude towards our career or personal skills could result in us unwittingly becoming redundant and without purpose in the work place.



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An essential skill to start our conscious career and personal skill development is in the area of using science and technology.

Most people react the same way to this skill: “Science! What? “

The value of using technology we understand, with new products and gadgets hitting the market every few days, it is important to stay in touch with the new releases in order to remain functional. Being familiar with the latest technology and whizzing your way around the latest apps won’t only raise your popularity but it will increase your value to the company.

Companies need to remain current with technological developments in order to maintain a competitive edge. Technology helps us be cost effective and increases productivity.

With this in mind make a conscious decision to develop you skill in the techno-gadget world. Nothing inspires that sinking feeling more than feeling like you belong with the dinosaurs when it comes to gadgets.  

The key to being tech-savvy: familiarise yourself with the latest releases and newest innovations.

Technology builds on the innovations of the past. The original cordless phone allowed one the freedom to move about the office. The first cell phones increased that range and let one roam about the country side.

Each new release has a little tweak or a small new innovation that builds on the frame work provided by the last release.

So, learning and familiarising yourself with each new development as it is released is just a small step of personal development, a small challenge that can be easily managed. Using the new development has its uses and advantages and if you remain current as innovation occurs, growing with technology is simple.

However, if one misses a few too many new innovations and you fall behind in using the newest changes, the step to be “current” again may be too big to make in a single step. The speed of developments is too great to allow yourself to lose touch as the gap will grow rapidly. This results in people feeling “useless” and inadequate when dealing with tech gadgets.

The thought of being “scientific” sends shudders down the majority of backs, although it shouldn’t really.

Science is the study of facts in a measurable and repeatable manner in order to gain a practical understanding of the facts and information. With this definition in mind, note how business functions such as filing, recruitment, performance management and even training take on a scientific “look.”

The way in which data is collected, measured and stored benefits greatly from the scientific approach. Science will make the process more efficient and repeatable. The same can be said for the manner in which information is organised and analysed.

Understanding the intricacies of our own business in a way that we can measure our results in relationship to our efforts is a scientific approach, and can have great impact on the way in which we do business and make decisions. The scientific approach to business lessens the “Unknown Factor” and allows us to take “Calculated Risks.”

The skill of “science” is asking us to measure the input into a task or service. Then measure the result or output of that effort, evaluating if the value of the output is worth the input. If the value of the result is high, the scientific approach should allow us to repeat the process over and over to our hearts content and overwhelming success of our business.

The methodology of science with a large drop of technology added  is no more evident in business as with Henry Ford's first production line. He used science and technology in a way that was cost effective, efficient and ensured the results were repeatable, over and over.

The Scientific Approach is more relevant in life and business than we realise, and needs to be embraced, along with using technology, as a skill needing conscious development. Like all skills, the use of science and technology needs to be exercised, practised and perfected in order for us to appreciate the full value.

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