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Learning is a core competency in organizations today. In the podcast mentioned above, I talk with learning expert, Celisa Steele, on new competencies for leadership, the difference between sustaining innovation and disruptive innovation and what it takes to lead for collective impact.

When I majored in mathematics during college, I always felt like what I was really majoring in was “learning how to learn.” I tried all kinds of experiments, like writing equations I did not understand in white chalk on my white refrigerator in my apartment, so the equations would flash at me when the light shone just right on the fridge door. I would spend a day with a particularly hard equation, carry it with me everywhere I went and think about it throughout my travels. All these crazy experiments worked. I developed an awe for how the brain does so much to assist learning that is not conscious.

Today I still love to learn. If you read this Monday missive regularly you know that I am a fan of Tony Robbins. I have worked through all of his CDs as well as attended many of his programs, and gotten so much out of it. This is because has created really well thought out approaches to creating breakthroughs and makes it easy for you to apply his insights to your own life. Tony, of course, is not the only one who has a lot to offer. Recently I discovered MindValley, a learning platform that offers many human potential teachers and is curated by Vishen Lakhiani, who has his own programs. I signed up for his offering,”Limitless.” I am loving it. In the program, he mentions lots of the books and sources he has studied. One book he mentioned is a classic I have never read, “Psycho-Cybernetics,” by Maxwell Maltz, published in 1960. So, I started an audio of Psycho-Cybernetics during my last business trip. I find I can listen to the audio at 2x and get through quite a lot between taxis, airports, and airplanes in a single trip.

How do you like to learn? What might you do this week to teach yourself something new?


“A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.”
Brad Henry