We all know, there is always someone smarter & creative than us. When you ask the one, how are you able to come up with the newfangled ideas/solutions always? They sell you the usual stuffs all over the internet. You can’t get the real gem! Well, we are here to deliver the gem. It’s more valuable and becoming essential. Without it, you can’t even land a decent job in the near future.It’s called “Sense Making”. Yeah, you heard me right. The gem is simply the ability to make sense.Today’s leaders need the ability to make sense of complex environments. It is an important leadership predictor used by the organization.
Sense making is making connections between new information and what I know already and seeing that learning ‘matters to me’. It’s about being able to create a ‘knowledge map’ of what I’m learning.
In simple, we can say that Sense making is all about Steve jobs famous saying “Connecting the dots”.
- Sense making is not only a professional skill. But also an eternal element, which drives us to get out of the mazes in our life successfully.
- You can’t figure out what to do, when things get too far. You cannot get an alternative solution to the problems.
- Most importantly, You cannot simply evolve without it.
How to learn it:
You now know what is sense making and the importance of it. So, you can’t wait anymore. Of course, some of us are not that bad and some of us are bad. Either way, you’re going to excel in sense making after the completion of this step by step guide.
Set a goal:
Set yourself a goal. You may consider ‘Completing the tasks at the end’ as a goal or set you own.
Breaking the skill:
You can’t learn to speak, without knowing the ABCs. Likewise, sense making cannot be mastered without learning these traits.
Social Context – Meanings created from conversations and relationships.
Personal Identity – Each member’s perception of his or her role in the group
Retrospect – How the group interprets what has occurred
Salient Cues – The group’s taking cues and expanding them into explanation
Ongoing events – Dealing while things continue to change
Plausibility – The creditable stories made out of cues discussed.
Enactment – Action and learning to inform further action.
Try this :
Now, you know the ABCs of sense making. As we, all know one can’t swim just by studying the manuals. Practicing is vital in here. You can measure, learn and improve the level of sense making by executing these tasks.
- Play a game with a friend: Each of you think of an object, animal, person or idea. Try to connect the two things you have thought of in some way. (Example : ‘flowers’ and ‘Winning a world cup’, Answer – Petals showered over the players after the cup winning match)
- For every new piece of learning you come across, think about how it relates or could relate, to something you remember in the past.
- Always complete the learning with “What matters to me from this”.
If you’re done compare yourself with these traits of Sense makers and let us know what you think.
- Seek to integrate ideas,
- Makes a whole from separate parts,
- Connects learning from different resources.