Archive for January, 2011
For 3 years we’ve taught professionals, leaders and business owners the importance of making work and learning meaningful and fun. We’ve given them reasons and ways to do it. We’ve written about it many times.
All of the things we have taught and techniques we have used are valuable and helpful.
And they aren’t enough.
The training techniques and ideas all focus on the learning process. And while the process is important; when we focus too closely on a process we can lose sight of the result.
It is like when you tell someone their form is wrong and ignore that they still outrun you by minutes on the mile. Or when you tell someone they hold the pen wrong when they write, but they still have beautiful handwriting. Or they seem to do something in an unconventional but successful way.
In all of these cases, the focus on process keeps our sight away from the desired result.
So it is with fun and learning.
Will our learning be deeper and more lasting (as well as more enjoyable) if we do things to make the process fun? Of course.
But as we already said, that isn’t enough.
If the person leading your training doesn’t understand why those techniques work, or believe that they will work, they will just be using the techniques and it will feel just like that to both the teacher and the student. It will be like putting a band-aid over a wound far too big; helpful perhaps, but not really a solution.
So what is the deeper connection?
The Deeper Connection Between Fun and Learning
It is simple. The result of learning is:
- New skills
- Greater confidence
- More security
The result of our learning something new is supposed to be fun.
This fact is largely why our techniques work. They are putting the process of learning in alignment with a deep human truth. When we learn we are expressing a deep human need and exercising our greatness. When we learn we are doing what we know subconsciously we are supposed to be doing. And when we put our actions in alignment with those needs, it makes us happy.
The result of learning is deep fun, enjoyment and satisfaction.
Too often we forget this, both as students and as teachers. Learning is fun.
Perhaps this article helps you understand why the best trainers seem to make the learning process fun and engaging. Perhaps now you understand why you use those types of ideas. Perhaps you even see ways you could teach coworkers, peers and your kids things more effectively.
We hope so.
But our real hope in sharing this article with you is that you think about your personal experiences and beliefs about learning.
This deeper connection between learning and fun matters to us; and not just because we might be teaching someone else – but because we are learners too.
And we’ll be more effective learners, more productive learners and more successful in our lives when we recapture the joy and yes, fun that inherently comes from learning new things.
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What separates those who succeed and those who live their lives feeling that things could have been better?
Ask any truly successful person why they achieved and they will all tell you they had a dream, a vision for their future. Those who are successful leaders have been able to share that dream with others with such conviction that they have convinced others to join them on their quest to achieve that dream.
Can anyone achieve their dream? Having a clear strategy can help you make your dream a reality. It isn’t rocket science, or magic. Take the following steps and fulfill your dream. Make it your reality.
The first step is to understand that in order to achieve success you must take action. Inertia is the most common reason for lack of success!
What is your dream? Your goals for the future? What do you want to achieve in your life in the next week? month? year? 5 years? What would you like people to remember you for after you have left this world?
Think big – challenge yourself. Reach for the stars!
Be clear about where you are now. Audit your strengths and areas for development
What needs to be done to eliminate the gap between your dream and the reality?
- Prioritize. Don’t just look for quick wins, consider those things which will have maximum long term impact. Build solid foundations, think of sustainability!
- Set challenging but realistic targets. Aim high.
- Communicate your vision, and keep doing so. Ensure that all stake holders understand and subscribe to the same vision.
- Who do you need to involve? How will you ensure they sign up to and stay committed to the vision?
- Think about the language you use, be sure to sound positive, if others think you are confident it can be achieved they will gain confidence too. Develop a “I can do it” mentality within your staff. For every problem there is a solution, encourage others to see themselves as problem solvers not problem givers.
- Create clear lines of communication which operate at every level and in all directions.
- Break each priority down into small achievable steps, involve your team. Who needs to do what by when? Set a timetable.
- Identify the roles and responsibilities for all staff; ensure that staff take ownership of their work.
- Ensure that people are appropriately trained and that training is constantly updated.
- Build in the monitoring and review process from the start so you can evaluate performance and be prepared to adjust as necessary. (By creating a culture of development rather than blame huge potential will be released.)
- Celebrate success! and remember to thank people for their contribution, give credit where it due and be generous with it.
- Develop professional honesty within your staff, constructive feed back can be invaluable.
Finally leave your ego behind as it will simply get in the way of your success.