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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Has your learning stopped?

Recently I've been in conversation with a few individuals who are in a place of leadership similar to mine. In our discussions, we've learned that we're all facing similar challenges and we have more questions than answers. We've also discovered that it's helpful for us to bring up our questions so together we can process through to satisfactory answers. The more questions we have, the more we process. The more we process, the more clarity we receive. And, the more clarity we receive, the more questions we have.

Picture drawing a spiral that expands in size the more you circle around. No, we aren't going around in circles. We are broadening our perspective while giving support to each other.

Enter the new kid on the block. The one with all the answers and no questions. The guy who appears to be successful and needs no new insights. He's been around the block a few times and he can teach us a thing or two.

When he joined our group, the healthy dynamic of processing changed, because when someone would raise a question, he would jump in with an answer from his perspective. Instead of entertaining more questions like, "What if . . . " or "How about . . ." his input was simply, "Here's what I do . . . and you should do the same thing."

Personally, I would rather grow in a broadening spiral than walk around the same block over and over and over.

Question: When we have answers but no questions, has our learning stopped? When we stop learning, what does that do to our potential to change?