Ask yourself: what’s your favorite way to learn new things? If your answer involves reading, or a variation of reading, like listening to audiobooks or podcasts, then you’re not alone. When the question was posed to a panel of senior executives, all of them said that their favorite way to learn was to read. Yet, when Erika Andersen heard these responses, she questioned whether or not these executives were really learning much. Most of us think of learning as acquiring new information, but in her new book, Be Bad First, Andersen emphasizes that “learning isn’t just about taking in information–it’s about what you do with that information.” And, as the pace of change continues to accelerate and impact every aspect of our lives, Andersen believes our ability to learn new skills, compared to just taking in new facts, will be the “key capability of the 21st century.” In Harvard Business Review’s March issue, Andersen shares the four attributes that her research has identified in people who succeed at this type of learning, and what these people look like: “They truly want to understand and master new skills; they see themselves very clearly; they constantly think of and ask good questions; and they tolerate their own mistakes as they move up the learning curve.” Do you fit this profile?
Masters of Mastery
Apr 14, 2016