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Just like the lions we should also take learning serious. In our rapidly changing world, experience can be a curse. Careers stall, innovation changes the requirements for success and strategies grow stale. I often see how experienced employees discover that their knowledge and skills become obsolete and irrelevant.
This means that being new, naïve, and even clueless can be an asset at times. For today's knowledge workers, constant learning might be more valuable than current mastery. It is therefore vital that we should even after decades of experience, look at ways to “stay in school”, recapture the enthusiasm, curiosity, and fearlessness of our youth to take on new challenges and understand that we should “take learning seriously”
When we take something seriously, we profess it and for learning to happen we should create a scholarship of teaching – like the lions do.
What do we mean by learning? I would argue that learning is far more than bringing
knowledge from outside the person to inside. Indeed, learning is basically an interplay of two
challenging processes–getting knowledge that is inside to move out, and getting knowledge that is outside to move in.
Leadership expert Liz Wiseman explains in her latest book how to reclaim learning and cultivate the curious, youthful mind set called “Rookie Smarts”.
When we create “a scholarship of teaching” we should act like
- Backpackers: These are imaginative individuals that are more open to new possibilities, ready to explore new terrain, and don't get stuck in yesterday's best practices.
- Hunter-Gatherers: Individuals who seek out experts and return with ideas and resources to address the challenges they face.
- Firewalkers: Possibly needing confidence in specific situations, these individuals take small, calculated steps, moving fast and seeking feedback to stay on track.
- Pioneers: Keeping things simple and focusing on meeting core needs, pioneers improvise and work tirelessly while pushing boundaries.
Make 2016 a year of learning!