Tuesday, June 22, 2021


In order to discover the unimaginable uniqueness of people, we need to look at all aspects of individual traits, influence, creativity, experience, capability, achievements and hidden potential.

Individualism is about enforcing the value of individual uniqueness, autonomy, and self-actualization. It’s not about selfishness, egotism, or arrogance. Rather, it’s about reducing selfishness, being comfortable with “who you are,” and having the right dose of ego, to unleash human potential. 

It’s about understanding and respecting unique traits of each individual, and it’s complimentary to collectivism which encourages learning from each other, collaborate to unlock collective potential.

Every individual is unique, no two snowflakes are the same. The spirit of individualism is of self-leadership that can make a positive impact and generate creative energy surrounding the environment. The freshness of individualism can infuse passion, demonstrate unique strength, and build a strong personal brand. It is a construct formed in the mind and we know that the mind of every individual is different, the actual mental understanding and subsequent manifestations in action will be different for each individual. Thus, the clarity of individualism is to understand and cultivate cognitive ability, appreciate diversity of thoughts and constructive behaviors, and rejuvenate the digital workforce that is innovative to drive their organization and our society toward the next cycle of growth and evolution.

Psychologically, the appreciation of individualism helps people build confidence. Knowing who you are or being self-aware, allows you to discover your strength, and become a better human being. Individually, in order to tap your potential and create a unique image, investigate your passion, discover your strength, define competency and build capabilities, establish yourselves as having a very strong reputation in a particular topic area, and become a creative problem solver. Collectively, we enjoy diversity of thoughts and unique personalities, appreciate a variety of differences, enriched cultural context, and have the right mix of individualism and collectivism to solve problems collaboratively.

Autonomy: The contemporary perspective of individualism is to enforce autonomy and advocate self-development. Awareness is at the level of the energetic connection between heart and mind. Concentrate your energy on developing your own strength and building your cohesive capabilities. In practice, self-development is a journey with a healthy cycle of self-reflection, self-motivation, self-learning, self-leadership/management, self-criticism, self-assessment, and self-improvement. From a talent management perspective, it starts with the individual evaluating their own strength & weakness, determining what goals s/he wants to achieve then; planning a way to get there; determining the milestones/measurements that signal whether it is going in the right direction and, if not, is flagging a warning that maybe the plan needs to be re-thought; let individuals take ownership, responsibility and keep focused to unleash their potential, which is also aligned with the strategic goal of the business.

In the world of self-awareness or self-change, there is always one clear issue: the issue of self and the brightness of individualism with the paradigm shift from self-control to self-driven; from self-indulging to self-criticism; from self-limitation to self-actualization, etc. Nobody is perfect, you should always be self-aware, including your flaws and shortcomings. The perspective of individualism is to refine the better version of yourselves, set time and agenda to change. Both attitude and aptitude matter. Self management is a natural human activity, and autonomy further stimulates creativity.

Egalitarianism: The brightness of individualism is to create an environment that is egalitarian enough so every individual has, at least, the opportunity to actualize their potential. It’s not about diminishing collectivism, instead, it’s about how to recognize your best talent, let them shine, and make a positive influence. Also, each one of us has some talent, by understanding talented people thoroughly, organizations can build competitive teams with complementary strength to encompass the collective human potential

Technically, there are all sorts of potential: intellectual potential - thinking thoroughly and having strong cognitive abilities; learning potential - we continuously learn so we continuously improve; motivational potential - adapting personal drive and focus on performing well in new and changing contexts, etc. Strength needs to be built via continuous practices, and competencies are interrelated with the traits and expertise. Neither one overshadows the other, they complement each other. By advocating individualism, you create a new state of awareness in which the self is nourished through the experience of positivity, make people willing to progress and then take the steps necessary to tap their creativity, enforce their strengths and unlock potential continuously.

To discover the unimaginable uniqueness of people, we need to look at all aspects of individual traits, influence, creativity, experience, capability, achievements and hidden potential. An in-depth understanding of individualism helps to build a creative workplace to inspire uniqueness and autonomy. Keep in mind, individualism and collectivism are not exclusive, but complimentary, build inclusive teams to appreciate each other’s talent, to ensure the whole is superior to the sum of pieces, architecting ourselves, experimenting with new things and exploring the “art of possible.”


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