I read below Harvard Business School published article in Hindu Newspaper. Worth Pondering on this. Pls find below the nuggets of the article
OPPTY: a process to make yourself an expert
Acquire ‘deep smart’ skills by consciously thinking about how the experts in your organisation operate and deliberately learn from them
“I don’t know what we’d do without him!” That’s what an executive in a Fortune 100 company recently told us about a brilliant project leader
Deep smarts are not merely facts and data that anyone can access. They consist of know-how: skilled ways of thinking, making decisions and behaving that lead to success again and again
- Deep smarts can’t be hired off the street or right out of school. High-potential employees who prove their ability to quickly and efficiently acquire expertise will find themselves in great demand.
So how do you acquire deep smarts? By consciously thinking about how the experts in your organisation operate and deliberately learning from them. Of course, you can’t — and don’t want to — become a carbon copy of another person
Deeply smart people are unique — a product of their particular mindset, education and experience. But you should be able to identify the elements of their knowledge and behaviour that make them so valuable to the organisation.
- How to learn from Deep Smart People? – Through a process we call OPPTY, which stands for Observation, Practice, Partnering and joint problem-solving, and Taking responsibilitY. Observation involves shadowing an expert and systematically analysing what he or she does. Practice requires identifying a specific expert behaviour or task that you can attempt on your own, but with supervision and feedback. Partnering and joint problem-solving mean actively working with the expert to analyse and address challenges.