Learning tips on how to best learn from experience
Learning tips: When asked how they best learn, many managers will say they learn best from experience. They will general discuss some particular responsibilities and then they may describe a significant challenge or key event such as completing a critical project or averting a catastrophe . They then usually report a increase in competence and a huge growth in confidence .
Learning may be a natural process almost subconscious experience , we know from neuroscience research that we are literally wired with the capacity to easily make new brain neural connections.
However it is no means certain that managers will learn from experiences.
Learning can be fickle!
Just look around any organisation and you will probably find people who:
Clearly learning can be quite an inefficient hit or miss process.
To say learning is a natural process may be true however life also shows us that some people are better learners than others.They find their personal learning process to be quicker, easier and more efficient. They are likely to almost instinctively use soe of the learning tips mentioned here.
Benefits of learning to learn
Managers are generally motivated to perform effectively in areas they see as core and the reality of their managerial work.
So what are some learning tips?
So what do we need to know and do in order to improve our own learning?
I suggest there are two useful basic concepts and learning tips: here.
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Learning Tip: Learning is a Personal Experience
If you bear with me let me show you what I mean
Most of us have had one or two really meaningful experiences in our careers, times when we felt we took a big step forwards in performance and confidence times when we felt we learnt a great deal .
Think back over your own experiences and try and select 1 or 2 that were particularly important for you.
Answer these 2 questions for yourself
What were the main things you learned?
How did you learn them?
Now think of other times when you had experiences that were least helpful in helping you learn
Answer these questions for yourself
What might you have learned?
What prevented you from learning?
Learning Tip: Want to stimulate a discussion on learning with your team
Get them to think through the above questions and if comfortable share their thoughts with the rest of the team.
You never know you might learn something
A classic example of this is often off the job courses where 1 person may have learnt heaps and someone else on the same course feels they learned very little.
What I am trying to say is that as we vary in many of our behaviours and approaches to issues should we be surprised that we vary in our preferences and approaches to learning.
We do not all learn in the same way
And yet many of our training and development
approaches assume the exact opposite,
Learning tip:We can consider learning to be a process and like other processes it can also be improved.
So if we treat learning as a process there are certainly basic things we can do to improve our learning effectiveness. For example:
Self awareness is a key to improving your learning
Learning styes are helpful in educating managers about learning and empowering them to make choices about their own learning
As our learning approaches vary with the individual the key to unlocking your best way of learning comes from your self-awareness of you as an individual.
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