Knowing – Doing gap –how is it impacting your Career?

Yes, we all know this.

There are so many things that we know we should be doing, but never got to do it.

At the same time, there were many things, which we knew we should be doing and somehow they got done.
Curiosity led me to explore if there is any research done on this. Is there any clue to minimize this gap?

I did find some stuff on Google and found one interesting metaphor

Is the rig on fire?

The story goes like this.

On a deep-sea oilrig, people stay put working on the rigs for long hours. Most rig workers know the risks of jumping into the deep sea and do not attempt to jump even if they know that once in a while they need to jump and be prepared in case there is an eventuality.

But if the rig catches fire, all the workers jump out of the rig and dive into the deep sea knowing the risks of deep sea fully well.

Relating this to our Career situation, unless we realize that the rig that we are standing on has caught fire, we will not act to go out and do the things that we know we should be doing.

But how do we realize our rig has caught fire?

Sometime external situations will make us realize it. But many times we will have to learn the art of finding this for ourselves.

Over the last couple of months, I found one such Knowing-doing gap. I knew that I should be consistent in writing blogs, which is a critical aspect of my current job responsibility as a Career Strategist. But somehow was pushing it. While sharing this with one of my buddy coaches, he also mentioned a similar situation that he is in.

Being from the coaching profession, we realized that one way to become unstuck in this area is to have a coach who can act as an accountability partner.

In the last 2 months, since I am having these conversations with my buddy coach, my own knowing – doing gap in the area of “marketing activities” has considerably reduced. I now have sent out 3 blogs and have ideas for 5 more blogs, my website is periodically updated etc..

I wish I had known this trick earlier? Maybe I could have used this in many other critical areas where I had a Knowing – Doing gap problem?

Questions for you to Reflect on.

  • At this point in time, which are the critical Knowing-doing gaps impacting your Career ?
  • What will be your strategy to reduce this?
  • Whom do you want to use as your accountability partner?

Allow yourselves to reflect on this. You may find some clues to take your career to new realms.

Have a nice day !!

R. Satish Chandra
Career Strategist
Ps: Download “Taking careers to new realms – for leaders” – my collection of thoughts after having over 350 plus conversations with leaders.

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