Thursday, August 26, 2021

Human Potential

There is no limit to human potential; however, it’s the individual, culture, circumstances, and society that sets a limit on that unlimited potential.

Human potential is both myth and truth. On one side, the condition of being human is the endless search for the conditions that allow the human to maximize human potential. On the other side, not only there's known upon the unknown, also unknown upon the unknown. There are physical potential, intellectual potential, and spiritual potential. The "view of the talent potential landscape” has many dimensions intellectually, psychologically, philosophically, and sociologically. 

Individuals need to step outside the box and challenge perception, push themselves to the limit, their limit. The discovery of human potential opens a new window in our psyche to dormant attributes we didn’t know existed. Human Capital does make more sense within the context of the goals of human society. Human potential is the gold mine we all need to dig through for reaching the next cycle of professional growth and societal progress.

Intellectual potential
- thinking thoroughly and having strong cognitive abilities: Individuals showing potential are distinguished usually by learning more rapidly than their peers, more innovative, and by their mastery of new roles quickly and effectively. “With a tree, all the growth takes place at the growing tips.” Intellectual potential is often based on people’s learning agility to gain knowledge, develop their talent and build their differentiated capabilities. In many circumstances, individuals and organizations with potential haven't performed to the level where there is actual performance in all the areas desirable. The potential is an investment. People must first be open to seeing and understanding that their knowledge is some sort of outdated, that further causes their static mindset. Thus they need to get out of their comfort zone; and then, only then, they are able to open their minds, or, at least, create the conditions for them to do so, and to unleash their intellectual potential.

To identify a person’s potential, look for strong evidence of a desire to learn and to grow, having the ability to live comfortably with contradictory thoughts, express things creatively but persuasively, and tap creative potential seemingly effortlessly. We continuously learn so we continuously improve. High potential people proactively learn, share, debate, stimulate intellectual curiosity, improve their learning plasticity with varying intellectual engagement, and unlock their intellectual potential to generate value in driving changes effectively. Collectively, just like building a blossoming garden with the variety of plants growing vigorously, constructing a talent-potential landscape is a structural design process that can bring greater awareness of people's dynamics, resource alignment, knowledge instilling, cultural quintessential, or technological touches.

Psychological potential - enhance a healthy psychological cycle to stimulate creativity: We are emotional beings, although many of us have abilities to manage our emotions effectively and dispassionately analyze and make sound judgment. But do not ignore the psychological potential which helps us evolve, if managed well, stimulate creativity and recharge our energy to transform. Certainly when we think that every rational thought is linked to emotions and creates feeling, this is an ongoing process just like the feeling to improve and to create. The kind of emotions within a person that triggers an improvement/innovation process can be numerous and most likely will be a combination of emotions! So let the emotion flow frictionlessly once a while, and tap creativity in a natural way. Now with conscious thinking, tools, and techniques, even emotion can be managed more scientifically to unlock unlimited human potential.

An emotional lifecycle is in an innovation process, and psychological potential is the fountainhead of creativity. There is a new energy that gets created in teams engaged in innovation - both at an individual and a group level. Our emotional well being has impacted on innovation but what is triggering our emotions? To dig beneath the superficial layer, understand the trigger to the emotions and manage them effectively, we need to ponder: What’s the innate emotional cycle of spark creativity, what from the outside world has the impact? And what's the intersection of inner and outer factors that catalyze innovation? What about the right innovation climate? Your personal climate, your team climate Etc. Creativity is infused with an inner cohesion and comes from stimulation of emotional flow. If conflict triggers creativity inside, anger pushes you to speak out with creative expression, can you have positive psychology such as passion to constructively develop ideas, calm to cool things down a bit, and persistence to implement ideas smoothly. The inner wholeness is a constant which relates to universal understanding, but each of us has to find this constant for ourselves: We are emotional beings full of potential.

System potential - explore the unique path to explore collective potential via interdisciplinary lenses: Systems is about this side, that side, and the interrelationship of both sides. People are the system, organizations are the system, and societies are the system. How can we push towards the next stage of evolution that enables the large collective of people to think in an advanced manner; communicate empathetically, unleash collective potential and work harmoniously to achieve common vision? Societies react, manage, but need to orchestrate in a more innovative way to leapfrog collective progress. Anthropology helps us shift our thinking to a variety of perspectives, enabling people to navigate a variety of cross-boundary situations and connect wider dots to spur innovation. Sociology enables us to analyze societal phenomena and develop practices to drive needed changes and make breakthrough innovation. Philosophy provides a broader angle to ask “big why,” and understand human civilization abstractly. All of which create a beautiful landscape for us to explore, and take adventure to unleash unlimited human potential.

There is no limit to human potential; however, it’s the individual, culture, circumstances, and society that sets a limit on that unlimited potential. With abundant knowledge only clicks away, and unprecedented opportunities and convenience brought by advanced technologies and methodology, what had been previously thought impossible is now accepted as possible. Every individual has, at least, the opportunity to actualize their potential; collectively, we can co-shape a contemporary society in which we can learn proactively; work passionately and live a fulfilling life with delight.


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