Have you ever wondered what the difference is between the verbs "teach" and "learn"? "Teach" comes from Latin in (in) and sealing (point to) and learn", of arrest, which means "take by the senses", "acquire knowledge". Notice that the first verb is passive and the second, active. However, if we take the educational model as an example, we can see that most public or private institutions continue to maintain the most passive learning model, with a teacher in the center of the room and several desks pointed at him and at the blackboard. This model focuses on the answers, in memorizing or learning the content that is designated and not in what really matters, what are the questions. However, in large companies, those that stand out for being innovative and going one step further than the rest, like Google the Amazon, instead, the common thing is to find us with circular tables, with multidisciplinary teams that add value to a whole from their own area of expertise. It is not about one person explaining to others what they have to do, but of many people nurturing each other, asking questions and learning from each other. And we don't even have to go to those corporate giants: during crises we often see businesses, professionals and entrepreneurs having to reconfigure, learning to learn a new business model with resounding transformations. Definitely, they have to give way to learning by overcoming fears, prejudices, and make visible the inevitable and even necessary, to stop delaying and survive. This is what we propose to you in this chapter: that you take charge of what you want to learn and that you are not afraid to acquire new knowledge in times of great change.
“To be a leader in your own learning, the first thing is to decide what you want to learn, and remember that the key is not in the answer but in the question: ask yourself questions before you start”.
MOTIVATION AND NETWORKING
Orientals appeal to the concept "crisis = opportunity" and, Without a doubt, there is a parallel in this case: crises imply great changes that leave us with great learning at all levels. AND, as for the change, Mariano Sigman, neuroscience expert, says we all have an extraordinary ability to cope, what is often lacking is the motivation to accommodate. We have also heard him say that everything we learn we can teach to others. When one teaches, go learn twice, rearrange the knowledge in your head and finish incorporating it. Another concept that helps us as a great source of learning is networking, to learn from the other. Because meeting different people and opening up to other opinions and cultures is going further, a more than perfect complement to everything learned. So find your network, feed her and nourish her, so you will learn something new every day.
FROM "TAUGHT" TO APPRENTICE
Let's start the great path of being a leader of your own learning, to take that active and not passive role. The first thing is to decide what you want to learn, and remember that the key is not in the answer but in the question: ask yourself questions before you start. So, you can visualize yourself in a laboratory, consulting different bibliographies first, authors that are of interest to you, starting to make hypotheses, collecting data, analyzing, validating, confirming what has been learned or reworking what is necessary. Pablo Picasso said: "I'm always doing what I can't do so I can learn how to do it". When you can understand that learning goes hand in hand with "doing", you become a maker of learning, the focus is there. So, if you can jump the barrier to go from being “taught” to becoming a learner, you will find that life always brings you new learnings and there is a great value of the human being: "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever ". He said Mahatma gandhi.
In all areas there are those in love with learning and others who want to go more specifically, profit from every minute invested, get it right and see results fast. If you feel identified with this second profile, it is important that you bet on agility, a super current concept that is here to stay. An agile culture is considered to be one that has adopted an approach that tolerates failure and is willing to test new and adaptive hypotheses and ideas.. See if these are not elementary conditions to face projects. Later, in the last chapter, we are going to delve into the agile method, but for now we leave you a concept of Melina Jajamovich, writer and expert on the subject, that speaks of agility as a method to work (and live) in these times: embracing change and uncertainty. She highlights the importance of experimenting, even if there is no money, group in which to test not too long. The fundamental thing is that learning predominates: "I came out of the box, equivocate, get it wrong fast, equivocate barato. Learn now ", dice. And we can't agree more.
- TO APPLY, THE 4 C
the American system of learning mentions as key skills to stand out:
review: allows you to analyze, compare and filter information and develop your own thinking.
communication: analyze and process the immense amount of information you receive and, at the same time, communicate it clearly and effectively to the other.
collaboration: due to globalization and the use of technology, it becomes vital that you work together to achieve a greater end with valuable results.
creativity: in this changing world, innovation and creative spirit are skills that cannot be lacking.
By Julieta Montaldo
Degree in administration
Consultant at DINKA