STEVE BLAKE ALWAYS ASKS: AM I STILL GROWING?

In his first blog Steve Blake, Leadership Consultant, takes a look at the importance of continually learning and developing in both professional and personal life and how you can find out what type of learner you are.

 

In a world where people constantly want things faster, it can be hard to make time to put yourself first. Learning and development is key if you want to see consistent improvement in your career, and in your life, but many of us just don’t feel that we have the time.

 

As a Leadership Consultant I’m regularly challenged on how I can improve employee performance. And no matter who asks me, I always say the same thing, give people the time to stop, think and digest.

 

Learning and development is so much more than installation or acquisition of knowledge. Really effective training that makes a positive difference is a process and the first step is to identify how trainees like to learn.

 

Identification of learning preference is what really helps trainees grow and teaching people how to identify their own learning preference is something I believe every business should be doing.

 

Clear the schedule, invest some time and reap the rewards.

 

I’m a huge fan of the Four-Dimensional-Scheme (Honey and Mumford). It was developed in the mid 1980s and identifies the four basic types of learner, characterised by those who have a preference for active, reflective, theoretical or pragmatic learning.

 

These descriptions can provide useful insights that can help to inform the type of training content that should be produced for a particular group of people.

Here’s a summary of the four different types of learner:

 

  • Activists - Activists are those individuals who learn by doing.
  • Reflectors - Individuals who learn by watching and contemplating what happened. They may abstain from jumping in and prefer to watch from the sidelines.
  • Theorists - These learners get a kick out of the chance to comprehend the hypothesis behind the activities.
  • Pragmatists - These individuals have the capacity to perceive how to put the learning into practice in their present reality.

 

You can find out which one you are by completing this questionnaire.

Everyone is busy and it can be difficult to slow down, but the best way to improve is to make time to STOP, THINK and DIGEST. Those businesses that make the time to do this will soon see the benefits in terms of performance.

 

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