• Essential Skills
Using your agility skill requires examining the world through the lens of multiple personal perspectives while also placing those individual viewpoints in their larger social and historical contexts. Like the women who succeeded in their quest to secure voting rights, access to birth control, and workplace rights, when you are agile you are better able to understand multiple sides of an issue and thus develop a uniquely tailored solution.
In your professional life, you will encounter many situations where you’ll need to evaluate historical context and cause and impact before you make a decision. That might mean trying to decipher why a past business decision was ineffective, considering a patient’s medical history, or looking at the professional successes in your own life so you can replicate your accomplishments in the future. Whatever the situation, your ability to step outside yourself and consider other perspectives is critical to staying agile every day and solving problems personally and professionally.
How does practicing your agility skill set you up for success? In this document, you’ll travel through time to discover why agility is an essential skill for leaders. And, you’ll evaluate situations where a lack of agility has contributed to failure
For this assessment, imagine you are a person living through an important historical event, innovation, or movement during the 19th or 20th century—one that emerged to solve a problem or that created problems of its own. Write a letter describing that event, innovation, or movement as if you were someone who actually experienced it. For example, you could write from the perspective of someone who was part of the women’s suffrage movement in the 1910s, a member of the Underground Railroad in the 1850s, or a soldier in the Vietnam War during the Tet Offensive in 1968.
Explore a particular historical event, innovation, or movement from the 19th or 20th century that interests you. Refer to the chapter readings in the Resources for options from which you may wish to choose.
Step 1: Describe an historical event, innovation, or movement from the perspective of someone who lived in that time.
• Describe an historical event, innovation, or movement that happened during the 19th or 20th century from the perspective of someone who lived in that time (either a real person or fictionalized).
Step 2: Explain the personal impact of an historical event, innovation, or movement on that person.
• You can also discuss the impact of the historical event, innovation, or movement on the family and/or community of the person.
Step 3: Explain the problem associated with an historical event, innovation, or movement and potential solutions to that problem.
• For example, if you are writing as a member of the Underground Railroad in the mid-19th century, you might discuss your thoughts on addressing the problem of slavery. Similarly, if you are writing as someone who experienced the Great Depression, you might examine the factors that caused this crisis and ways to address such economic problems.
Step 4: Describe the potential impact of an historical event on the future, based on the perspective of someone who lived through that event.
• Reflect on how the event might impact the future. For example, if you are writing as someone experiencing the Cold War, consider how those living at the height of Cold War tensions might have viewed the future.
Step 5: Write coherently with correct grammar, usage, and mechanics.