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Why uncertainty is a good thing

Blog by Eva Vercouteren, Management Trainee at ORMIT

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By: Eva Vercouteren
Management Trainee at ORMIT
Date: 22 December 2015 

“In order to grow and improve, you have to be there at the edge of uncertainty”.

These are the words of an inspiring chef Francis Mallmann, who likes to experiment with cooking.

Time flies, and luckily knowledge grows. Looking back at different situations in my life, I noticed a pattern consisting of three phases. At first everything is exciting and new. For example, when arriving at a new job assignment, days go by. I am tired however satisfied and my brain needs to work at full speed to indulge all there is to learn. After a while, a kind of routine is created and the excitement slowly fades. At some moments, there can even be boredom. Finally, the third phase, which is a dangerous one. This is when I get acquainted with the job, a trust level is established and I get some extra responsibilities. There is a sense of comfort. Once I have it in my fingers, and I am on top of my game, I become certain and self-assured. However, the learning curve flattens, the brain works at ¾ of its speed.

In my opinion, these three phases can be applied to nearly every new situation you encounter. Do you recognize this? The moment I get to phase three, I seek to push myself to start looking for new challenges, and learn new things. ORMIT also facilitates this. When that moment arrives – phase 3 – my coach pushes me to experiment with new behavior or another assignment pops up and I get thrown in a new company culture again, not knowing what will come, ready to learn.

So this past year at ORMIT, I feel a bit like Francis Mallman. Experimenting. Not with food, though – with getting to know myself better, with the people around me, and different ways of interaction. At trainings, I am encouraged to study myself, my behavior, my way of thinking. At job assignments, I am confronted with the fact that ‘my way’ is not necessarily the only or the best way.

We had the amazing opportunity of meeting Koen Van Gerven – CEO BPost- at ORMIT. The final advice he gave us was the following: ‘Dare to take risks in life and have a sense of trust that in the end, it will be alright’. Maybe it won’t turn out to be exactly the way you thought it would, but isn’t that what makes it exciting? So, in order to grow and improve, you have to be there at the edge of uncertainty. Do you agree?