In the book, The Wisdom of Crowds, the phenomenon of "crowdsourcing" is shown to be a powerful way to predict and even improve outcomes. Case after case is mounted to educate us on how the masses are smarter than the select few. In fact, it's a known fact the intelligence of a group is consistently higher than the actual average of the members actual IQs. As I re-read this book over the holiday weekend, it made me wonder: "How can crowdsourcing be used to advance our careers?" I think far too many of us are guilty of not soliciting the right crowd to help us get better results than we can get on our own. While we may seek advice, it's often from individual sources who aren't even qualified to provide accurate insight. Let's face it - rarely do we seek the collective wisdom of a group we trust. Instead, we vent our career frustrations to people in our life who aren't really in a position to give us unbiased, honest advice - let alone advise us based on their own past success. 2 Reasons We Fear the Wisdom of Crowds I think there are two reasons most of us don't use crowdsourcing in our careers.
- We are afraid to hear the truth.
- We don't want to look weak or needy.
- Identify a 10-person board of directors for your business-of-one (a.k.a. a set of mentors who you admire) and ask them to provide you with some honest insight about your professional development. Send them your LinkedIn profile with a set of core questions. Then, review the answers and look for patterns in their responses.
- Send your career story to CAREEREALISM.com and have us post it for readers (many of whom are career counselors, coaches, etc.) and see what they suggest you can do.
- Join or start an accountability group that meets regularly to help one another. Be sure to choose the right members!
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