by Jim Bruce
The Tuesday Reading today is “Are You Learning as Fast as the World is Changing?”
http://blogs.hbr.org/taylor/2012/01/are_you_learning_as_fast_as_th.html, written by Bill Taylor for the Harvard Business Review blog. Taylor is William C. Taylor is cofounder of Fast Company magazine and author of Practically Radical: Not-So-Crazy Ways to Transform Your Company, Shake Up Your Industry, and Challenge Yourself.
French novelist Marcel Proust said, “The real art of discovery consists not in finding new lands but in seeing with new eyes.” Taylor exhorts us that “In a world that never stops changing, great leaders never stop learning.” Paraphrasing Max DePree, when a leader needs to learn something, he allocates time to do that learning.
Learning new things is all about exposing yourself to new ideas. To learn faster, you have to think differently including about where new ideas come from.
In the essay, Taylor shares three ideas that he believes will “help you keep learning as fast as the world is changing:”
For example, Atul Gawande, a surgeon at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in a recent article in the New Yorker http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2012/08/13/120813fa_fact_gawande compares what goes on in a Cheesecake Factor restaurant’s kitchen to surgical processes in his hospital. The opportunities for improvement are clear.
As Bill Taylor notes, “We all want to be better learners. And the best leaders, it turns out, are the most insatiable learners.”
So, stop and reflect: Are you learning as fast as your world is changing? If not, maybe there are sums suggestions here for you to put to use this week.
. . . . jim