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How to apply the OODA loop to achieve growth

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In air combat terminology, OODA stands for Observe, Orient, Decide and Act. This is a survival and attack strategy in warfare allowing the one who applies this to win the fight. This philosophy is not only a survival technique, but it also creates a state of urgency for individuals to deliver their best.

In your professional career, it is essential to attain such mindset whenever you are surrounded by intense pressure to perform and an escalated level of expectation from your employer. The first step is to be very much ''observant'' by looking for opportunities in the work environment that match your passion and drive, and your long-term career goals and aspirations.

Once you have identified these, you may instantly ''orient'' yourself in perfect alignment to your efforts towards that goal. This might be in the form of volunteering yourself for projects or jobs which, although do not come under your job description, allow you to show your willingness to your employer or manager.

During this process, you may certainly come across a point where you need to make some ''decisions'' by making a choice among a number of options. The decision is essentially to be taken within a specific period of time; otherwise, it will be too late to harness its benefits. One such decision may be the willingness to take extra workload without expecting to be compensated for it, or self-investing financially to learn new skills that can be used in your dream job, and so on.

The final part, which is to ''act,'' is the most difficult because it is where majority of the professionals get stuck. Although they know from the core of their heart what their actual inner calling is, they sometimes never muster enough courage to take action. Only this single step differentiates achievers from losers.

So if you are convinced about the OODA philosophy, then do not wait; take action now!

Handy Hints:

• Look for opportunities at work where you can improve yourself

• Invest in learning new skills that will help you reach your goals

• Muster enough courage to pursue what you really want in life

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Source: Kamran Ahmed Siddiqui, Special to Jobs & Careers

The writer is a Training Manager in a major Abu Dhabi Oil & Gas Company