Can old dogs be taught new tricks? Is it still possible, even after decades of experience, to recapture the enthusiasm, curiosity, and fearlessness of youth and take on new challenges? It might take remembering the agility and resilience of a puppy!
Leaders will enjoy this book as they think about encouraging and challenging their employees to stay fresh and innovative. While experience provides a distinct advantage in a stable field—bridge building, ballet, concert piano performance—it can actually impede progress in an unstable to rapidly evolving arena. Studies have shown that novices can, in certain circumstances, outdo veterans. Expertise can blind us to new ideas. Like a rookie, people are often at their best when they are new to an undertaking and doing something for the first time because they are on a steep learning curve. Constant learning is sometimes more valuable than mastery. Even seasoned veterans can make their work feel fresh again. The key is being willing to learn. People who are willing to leave their veteran’s comfort zone and rediscover what it was like to be the new kid on the block, will find a renewed and engaging creative energy for their work!