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Creating New Challenges for More Success

Creating New Challenges for More Success

Liz Wiseman, author of Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work









Creating New Challenges for More Success

What if I tell you that your business can actually have more success without the backing of decades of experience?  Would you believe me?  I think you would more likely be skeptical.  A lot of us believe that for a business to succeed, we need to have people who are experts in the industry, someone who could steer the business into the path of sure success.  But, let me present to you a different perspective on this point.

The Newbie Rush

The “newbie rush” is what I call that thrilling feeling of wanting to prove one’s self worthy of an achievement.  For example, if you had just started running marathons, you will most likely be the first to sign up for practice runs, no matter how early it is the morning; you will also be the most complete in terms of gear (some of which you do not really need but does add value and excitement to your runs); and you will most likely know the best coaches, the best tracks, and the best co-runners that will help you achieve your goal which is to finish and place in the top 5 of the marathon you will be running.  All of these come with the exorbitant amount of research that you did so you can be prepared for your marathon.

This apparently goes the same way when you are a newbie at a certain job. Once you accept that you do not know anything about a task, yet you want to prove to your boss that you are worthy of the position, the salary raise, or even just the commendation, you will stop at nothing to finish your task and finish it well. Your heart starts thumping whenever you find new ways of dealing with the job at hand; you spend many sleepless nights consolidating new ideas you get from all the research you have been doing; you even dream of the project and wake up with an urge to try a different approach to the job.

The High of Not Knowing What to do Next

There is a pretty simple explanation for this phenomenon and it will definitely be an advantage to every business today.  Each person has an innate drive to overcome obstacles and to succeed at challenges. Every new challenge presents obstacles and problem-solving gives a natural high to the thinkers and movers that you want in your business.  Find someone who will always be up for challenges, no matter what background they come from and you will certainly find a great team member.

To learn more about what Liz Wiseman has to say about “Rookie Smarts,” click here —

Check out Ms. Wiseman’s book Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work by clicking here —


Creating New Challenges for More Success

Steve Caldwell


As a self-professed “manager from hell,” Steve Caldwell learned through the hard knocks of making mistakes while building a career.  Today he serves as a leadership coach, mentor and role model guiding high achieving managers to become the strong leaders their companies, employees and the world needs.  He is also author of the book Manager Mojo – Be the Leader that Others Want to Follow (available on Amazon).

“In all arenas, we suffer from a lack of leadership talent,” Steve observes.  “Every day employees are promoted into management with no training or support to guide their development into leadership positions.  You don’t have to be born to lead. You can learn to lead.”  He can be reached by email at or by phone at (415) 670*9543.



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