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The current state of Arizona is not the Arizona We Want, as determined by the Center for the Future of Arizona. But last week, Arizona made huge strides in addressing the complex challenges we face at the 2014 Arizona Leadership Forum, an ongoing movement that convenes leaders in nonprofit, corporate, philanthropic and civic sectors to communicate, collaborate and lead together for the social, economic, and cultural advancement of our state.
We send our sincerest thanks to Mr. Keith Walton, vice president for strategic industry collaborations and senior advisor to President Crow, for joining us in our first Fellows’ Forum of the Fall 2014 semester.
It’s been several weeks now since I started as an Innovation Fellow at Arizona State University. I can without a doubt say that I love my job for many reasons. I am constantly challenged to design and create meaningful initiatives for the university. Though I am enjoying the fellowship, I have also begun to identify skills required for my job that I have never developed. To be honest, admitting these weaknesses does not come naturally.
What are your greatest transferrable skills? How do you market those skills to your future employer? Are you an agile learner, and if so, how do you leverage such a skill in the job hunt? These are the questions explored in UI’s June Snacks and Skills. To see the entire presentation, access the Prezi.
June Snacks and Skills also touched on a particular skillset termed as learning agility. Known as the ability to adapt, learn from past experiences and feedback and embrace innovation and change, Korn Ferry Talent and Leadership Consulting considers learning agility to be the top predictor of long-term professional success. Through their longitudinal study of business executives, they found that higher an individual’s level of learning ability correlated with greater advancement: Highly learning agile individuals averaged three more promotions in a ten-year period.
It has been almost six months since my first day as an Innovation Fellow. To mark this, I thought this would be a good time to reflect back on my decision to come to ASU.
In providing an environment where individuals can showcase or interact with ideas, the 10,000 Solutions Project is part of a growing community of challenge platforms. Since its inception, 10,000 Solutions has also prompted many valuable debates regarding the design of an initiative that aims to be accessible and impactful. For instance, is it better to ask broad challenge questions—or specific ones? Or, how can ideas or individuals with solutions be connected to people who can help make them happen?