Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Incorporate learning at work with five questions

After graduation we continue to naturally learn from the world around us, but we still picture the act of ‘learning’ as something only done in a classroom full of books and tests. Once we enter the workforce, learning usually takes a backseat to the ‘to-do’ list on our desks.

Learning is “the foundation upon which all improvement, development and growth is built,” according to Kevin Eikenberry at Remarkable Learning.

As we develop in our careers, less and less is done to learn “intentionally and consciously.” Eikenberry challenges us to ask ourselves five questions to make the idea of learning more concrete in our personal lives and at work.
  • What worked?
  • What could be improved?
  • What was my role in the result?
  • What can I do now?
  • How can I use this lesson later?
After determining what you do well, take a look at the places where you could make improvements and the personal actions you can take to create better results. Decide what you will keep doing along with what you will change, and use what you learned in future situations.
“Hopefully you see how these questions can apply to you. You can ask them at any time after any event or on the way home looking back on your entire day. You also can use them as a team or group to think about how things are going and how you can continually improve your work.”
You create a learning opportunity every time you ask yourself the five questions. Jump on over to Remarkable Learning for a more detailed rundown of the five questions and more opportunity to learn.

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