You’re Never too old to Learn!
As a child, I held the view that chess was a complicated and difficult game. I’m not sure where this belief came from, however I have firmly held onto this belief until two weeks ago. How it served me since a child was that I chose not to learn how to play, and instead missed out on years of playing and perhaps getting really good at something, or having a pastime to use to switch off and clear my mind from the stresses of work and life in general.
My daughter, however, learnt to play at a young age. Her big brother taught her, and she has subsequently played with him, her dad, and other friends. Two weeks ago, Iona said “right mum I'm going to teach you to play chess!”.
As a coach, I thought it was about time I applied the saying I quite often ask my coachees - “what’s the worst that could happen?” What was really fantastic, and made me want to write this blog, was the way my daughter transferred her knowledge to me; the way she facilitated my learning. I was secretly very proud of her!
For those of you who have to share knowledge or learning, you won’t go far wrong if you follow Iona’s approach:
- At a high level, explain the purpose of what you are doing and what your aim is, or ultimately what you want to achieve.
- Explain/describe the key components involved. In my case, what each of the chess pieces were called and what they could do.
- Check in with initial learning and explanation, ask whoever you are teaching to reflect back and tell you in their own words what you have told them so far. Iona asked me what each piece was called and what it did, which was a good job as I had forgotten very quickly what the thing that looks like a horse (that's right, the knight!) did!
- Then learn by doing and check in along the way - we actually started and played a game. Iona stopped and checked in with me as we played, and I asked questions for further clarification.
Realise that you are never too old to learn, and how you can transfer your learning;
Aspire to learn something new and share your knowledge with others; and
Do use Iona’s tips for transferring learning!
What is mindfulness? According to Jon Kabat-Zinn, mindfulness is "paying attention on purpose in the present moment, non judgementally”.
As a leader or manager, you must create trust with each member of your team in order that you can have open conversations on any subject, and at the same time be true to your self!
For all of us there are just some things we will never have an interest in, and no matter how much development we undertake (and it would take a lot!) we're probably never going to master them.
To perform at your best, you need to be effective (doing the right things) and efficient (doing things right).
Always “notice” what is around you; have the self-awareness to realise that even when you think you have no impact on others, you can still do so.