Learning from experience requires that you develop and sustain a Learning Mindset, an Attitude that predisposes you to be open to new experiences, to believe you can and will learn, and to intentionally grow and develop from your experience. Your attitude about learning, especially learning from experience, dictates whether you approach it favorably disposed to learn, grow, and develop. Leaders who have a Learning Mindset are open to learning, see opportunities to learn in all aspects of their work life, and tend to learn more than those who are closed to learning. If you adopt and sustain a Learning Mindset, and consistently and rigorously employ certain Learning Practices, you will learn significantly more from experience, faster. As a result you will perform at a higher level and create greater value for your company and yourself.
The six dimensions of Learning Mindset are:
- Believe in your own learning and growth potential
- Motivated, willing, desire to learn
- Curious about others
- Attitude of discovery and exploration
- Intention and willingness to gain something positive from experience
- Open to experience
Your actions determine whether you proactively pursue learning in your day-to-day work life, or focus only on getting the job done. Leaders who consistently and rigorously use specific Learning Practices in their dayto-day work life learn significantly more, faster while achieving better results.
This download describes Learning Practice #9: "Actively Experiment with New Approaches." It contains Behaviors, Behavioral Trends and Patterns, and tendencies that are examples of what the Learning Practice looks like in action. Then, for each behavior, it provides Recommend Actions for leaders to take to more effectively use that Learning Practice in day-to-day work life.
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