Sometime ago, I had this question over at LinkedIn - "Would you
hire Phil Jackson?"; and recently a sports-related question that I
answered as well was asked, "Do athletes have an edge in the
workplace?"... what do we see here?
Possible career change opportunities for capable professionals.
And consequently, the question of skills transferability that goes
"All business, from potato chips to washing machines to jet
engines, is about people selling to people." - Tom Peters
Everything is really just common sense including business. Yet
for many who are fortunate to be in the right place at the right
time, they try to add prestige in what they do, which is good; but
most do it at the expense of those trying to make a cross-over
in their careers. They try to make it sound complicated.
Why? This brings us to a reasonable conclusion that they are
unconsciously afraid of competition or simply intimidated by
great talents who could run them aground. Talking of self
confidence, huh? Kaput. For if one really has it, he would
acknowledge that experience is simply repetition. Oh, well,
how many times have I said that in the past anyway?
Anything can be learned and mastered by one who is truly
enthusiastic - it's just a matter of learning ability. More so,
it's one's brain that solves problems, creates and innovates.
As far as "applied experience" is concerned - tell this to the
ones who questions such. They maybe in the slower group.
"Revolutions aren't made by gadgets and technology.
They're made by a shift in power, which is taking place all
over the world. Today, intellectual capital is at least as important
as money capital and probably more so." - Walter B. Wriston
Have you ever wondered how an insecure person became a
Leader? Could he have just been surrounded by much lesser
mortals? After all, birds of the same feather flock together.
Ooops, wait a second. This is never to demean anyone but to
challenge the seated and specially those who claim to be
"forward thinking" Leaders.
It's about time you recognize how highly competitive professionals
from other sectors are. One would not dare make a career
transition if he does not believe he could contribute and succeed
on the other side of the fence - specially if he is a Leader.
Transferability is a question not for real talents but for the
weaker minds. Competence is a matter of opportunity.
"The truly successful businessman is essentially a dissenter,
a rebel who is seldom if ever satisfied with the status quo."
~ J. Paul Getty