Workshops and conferences do a lot to raise awareness, share information and insights, and help people try on new skills. But the real learning only occurs when participants apply those takeaways in their actual personal and professional efforts.
So despite the value of those structured and infrequent events, we need to focus on making the most of the teachable (and learnable) moments that greet us every day.
That's why the very best learning may just be local, fresh, and organic.
- Local: It emanates from our lives, our workplaces, and our efforts as opposed to being trucked in from miles away where circumstances may differ.
- Fresh: It's "farm to table," picked straight from our experiences and moved immediately into reflection, discussion, learning, and application.
- Organic: It flows naturally from paying attention to, and discovering from, what is happening right now instead of artificially constructed learning environments.
- What habits do I need to embrace in order to make the most of the learning that life offers me?
- What habits do we need to embrace to make the most of the learning that our collective efforts offer us in the workplace?