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The circle of learning

Charles Handy often talks a lot of sense, as this extract on learning from his latest book ‘The Second Curve’ confirms:

“True learning…starts with curiosity, with a problem or a challenge, a question that you need to answer. That is followed by a search for ideas and hypothesis or possible solution.  This solution then needs to be tested and the outcome reflected upon, which will often lead to a further question.” 

A great reminder of how curiosity, hypothesis searching and questioning are all vital components for individuals, teams and organisations to embrace, to move forward. He goes on to reflect that he has come to realise that learning never stops and he is now sure of the following:

“That learning to think or to do is as important as learning facts. 

That learning is mostly experience understood on reflection.

That teachers usually learn more than their pupils.

That the curiosity or the need to learn is crucial.

That learning that is unused soon disappears.

That no one is stupid, just not interested or curious.  

I know some other things from my later work experience:

That three or four heads are better than one in most situations.

That not all learning, or even most, happens in a classroom.

That mixed ability should mean a mix of different abilities, not different levels of the same abilities. 

That we all have a bit of a teacher in us.”

What great affirmation to team work and diversity in valuing what different individuals can bring together – to strengthen and improve the outcomes. A great reinforcement of one of the core principles that underpin how we best get to breakthroughs. Through diversity.

In particular, it’s worth remembering the power and value in applying the principle of diversity out beyond the well-trodden demographics and skill sets, into striving for diversity also in thinking styles.