Developing your beta version
Here are a few tips on investing in the talent development needed to create your own future better self and that of your team.
A colleague recently shared an article with me titled, “A Nudge for Learners to Stay in a Continuous Beta State,” by Damodar Padhi. In it, Padhi writes about how we all have two versions of ourselves: alpha and beta.
Our “alpha” is the version of ourselves that everyone can see. It is our steady state that we are recognized for within our current roles. In contrast, our “beta” version, just like for software, is always in progress, and there may be bugs to work out.
This idea applies well to talent development within our organizations. In talent development our “alpha” is the talent that has helped us become the organization we are today—and the processes and programs that helped us acquire and nurture that talent.
In contrast, our beta version of talent development is what we need to be refining and improving to best respond to today’s volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world. How will we recruit, hire, retain and develop ourselves and the rest of the talent the organization needs to move forward successfully in the future?
Here are a few tips on investing in your beta talent development: