“If you stop learning, you might as well lie down and let them throw the dirt on you.” Ken Blanchard.
- Controlling people.
- Closing out people.
- Justifying decisions.
- Preventing mistakes.
- Explaining why you’re right.
In all your learning, learn to be a learner.
15 ways to expand leadership: learning to learn
- Let others be right.
- Explore the grey. Black and white has its place, but learning happens in the grey where both/and embrace each other.
- Listen to people you don’t like. Chances are they’re different from you. Learning is exploring difference.
- Go “with” before going “against.” Learning includes challenging ideas, but understand before confrontation.
- Embrace confusion, don’t solve quickly. Thinking shifts to defending, once you think you know.
- Talk about what hurts. Pain teaches more than comfort.
- Believe the person you’re talking with knows something you don’t.
- Try something that feels awkward. Things that feel right align with the past and keep you doing more of the same. Warning: don’t violate your values when embracing awkward behaviors.
- Don’t beat yourself up when you don’t know. Commit to find out.
- Say your thoughts outloud. Sometimes smart thoughts sound dumb when spoken out loud.
- Listen to smart people even if they have frailties. Don’t rule someone out because they have weaknesses.
- Write down your ideas. Writing is thinking.
- Relax about learning. Stress narrows your thinking. Take a breath. Walk. Laugh.
- Ask yourself, “What am I learning?” Do you have an answer?
- Say, “That’s interesting,” when you hear something that seems “wrong.”