Ten skilful ways to avoid any learning that really matters:
- Demanding that you know what you’ll learn before you begin
- Fitting what you’re learning into existing categories and classifications
- Scepticism – the mood of “I’ll only engage when you prove the worth of this”
- Cynicism – the mood of “I’ve seen it all before, and it doesn’t amount to much”
- Insisting that you like it – that nothing troubles, upsets or confuses you
- Insisting that you understand every step as you go
- Forcing it to fit your schedule instead of giving it due time
- Demanding immediate results and obvious ‘takeaways’
- Trying to look good, or expert, or knowledgable
- Forgetting to play
How many of these are already the taken-for-granted practices of your workplace? Of your personal life? With what consequence?
And are you willing to do the risky and important work of standing up to any of them?