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Are You a Crappy Learner?

May 17, 2013

Daily ReadAre You a Crappy Learner?

Here’s a puzzle: Even though people talk about leadership all the time, and roughly eight jillion leadership books have been published, we’re still plagued with fair to poor leaders in many, perhaps most, organizations. You can’t lead if you can’t learn. And not all adults learn that well. So how do you become a powerful learner? Here are the three things most required to boost your learnability:

  1. Accurate self-awareness. To get better at something, you have to be clear about your current knowledge or capability and be especially aware of over-assessing your abilities.
  2. Curiosity. True curiosity is a very powerful thing, and it’s built into all of us. Anyone who’s ever been around a little kid can attest to that. You have to re-connect with your innate curiosity. The best learners and the most successful leaders are continually asking curiosity-based questions such as, “How does that work?” and “Why is that happening?” and “How can I….?” and “What if…?”
  3. Be willing to be not-good. This may be the toughest aspect of true learning, especially difficult for people who are smart and quick learners in general. Being able to keep going, and to work through incompetence, is essential to real learning of any kind. Real learning requires both being OK with our own initial ineptness and faith in our ability to get through it.

Give powerful learning a try and let me know how you do!

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