As leaders we live in a learning rich environment…
…but that doesn’t necessarily mean we are learning.
It is easy to think that we’re learning as we go, but in reality we are often just gathering experiences and extracting little in the way of lessons. Learning requires intentionality, and if you don’t make it an overt objective in your journey, it probably won’t happen consistently.
To be a better, faster learner you need to do these things:
1. Slow down. If you are moving too fast, information is getting passed over or filtered out.
2. Reflect. That means contemplating not just on what happened, but what it means.
3. Record. Keeping a journal will help you capture lessons to review or reconsider in the future.
4. Share. You’ll gain additional insights and notice nuances when you share what you’ve learned with others, whether your team or someone you mentor.
So what have you learned this week?
Share it with someone who needs to know.
Great post. I completely agree with you about the fact that learning requires intentionality.
The four simple ideas for learning better should be taught in every school at all levels.
I have just printed them and put on my desk at work.
Thanks for the valuable advice