Passion for learning - Lesson 1: your reflections

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Community reflective activity:
What advice would you give to maintain your passion for learning over time or to re-ignite you it if it has waned? 

  • In reply to Melanie:

    I so agree with your comments Melanie - I have used the PLN for most of my learning for the last decade and it is an invaluable tool I now ensure if embedded in the courses or programmes I lead - it makes learning so accessible, inspirational and easy to maintain ... :)
  • In reply to Jo:

    Exactly Jo ... we have to unlearn and learn .. it is part of our lifelong learning journey and it is essential to have an open mind was you will never truly learn.
  • For me keep learning new things, be open to change and challenging your own perceptions. Networking and peer to peer learning is a rich source of learning as is learning at the point of need (as I'm finding out right now in my new job). I find Podcasts work really well and enjoy learning from experts and thought leaders. Be curious!
  • My top learning hacks right now: Read the following books
    Driving Performance through Learning - Andy Lancaster, How People Learn - Nick Shackleton-Jones. Follow @KevinMYates if you're serious about Measurement/Data in L&D, listen to L&D Podcast with David James and The Mindchimp Podcast with Danny Seals.
  • In reply to Jilly Julian:

    I agree. Joining and making use of social media, particularly Twitter, made such a huge difference to how I approached and felt about networking. It completely reinvigorated my learning when I started connecting with fellow L&D and HR professionals. And then I started to meet them in person too!
  • In reply to Michael:

    I think these are all great recommendations both for reading and for listening to. I would also recommend reading books and articles from outside of the HR and L&D profession. I learnt lots about curiosity and learning from different fields and by observation by reading a wonderful biography about Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson last year.
  • In reply to Jo:

    I agree Jo - that openness is really important. That might also be a willingness to unlearn things to be able to adapt and move on.
  • In reply to Michael:

    The word 'curious' is my favourite when it comes to learning..... delving a little deeper into everything that makes you 'curious' :)
  • In reply to R Burnham:

    When I started using Social media for learning, it all felt a bit strange... It took me a while to find my way and start to build a network.. I've been on there over a year now and I love it, I learn so much and can ask for support and ideas too. For those that are maybe new to social media I started by finding the influencers in the areas I was interested/passionate in, looked at who they followed and shared information about and started to follow those that interested me and eventually you start to find your way and build your own personal learning network (PLN). It also takes a little while to get this going and it's a learning experience in itself. For me it's opened up a whole new world of social learning.
  • Building a community of practice either internally in an organisation or externally with other people managers adds to learning and encouragement for all endeavours. It may start with mentoring a less experienced colleague or team member and the growth and passion can be shared.
  • Always asking why. Children have an inherent sense of curiosity, which as we get older, in the world where we are overloaded with information, we lose this. Remember to ask why something is happening or why you are making that decision, it will cause you to delve further and really research the underpinning reason for that decision and ensure it's right for the here and now and not just 'what's always been done'. Also, as others have said, seek out forums and networks, so you can build knowledge and curiosity together. Finally, start with a method you enjoy, I really enjoy listening to podcasts, so on my walk to and from the train station, I spark my joy for learning by listening to podcasts covering a huge range of topics. There are so many ways to spark the joy of learning, it's just finding the way that suits you best, so it's easy and becomes a habit, rather than a chore or something else added to the to do list
  • In reply to Michael:

    Really good shares Mike - really appreciate you doing so :)
  • In reply to Emily:

    Great points Emily ... reflecting on how learn and what works best for us ... perfect and definitely resonates - thanks for sharing :)
  • In reply to Helene:

    This is a great point Helene - it also supports learning as a practice, culture and community ... fostering ongoing learning in a safe space with likeminded people ... love this :)