He takes some time out during the Queen’s Jubilee concert to reflect on two experiences (he cheated) that had profound impact on him
So a guest blog eh? For Trainers Kit Bag eh? Well whilst watching the Jubilee “pop party” I thought why not use such an auspicious occasion (of such mediocre musical performances) to trawl the memory archives for the most memorable learning experience.
I instantly came up with two so instead of just one, I’ll recall why these two experiences were so memorable.
Memorable because each one contained a moment of sheer self-realisation – a realisation that I had learned a lot, but more I found something I loved learning about and realised I would never learn enough about them – leading people and coaching them.
1992. I’d been a manager for a couple of years, I was called up to “Intro to Management” at a hotel in Bournemouth from Monday to Friday. I was taught and schooled in a range of theories and applied models such as the Tannenbaum and Schmidt leadership continuum and what the internal welfare service was all about. I made some great friendships during that week; learnt more about management than I knew existed and realised there was more out there for me to learn. My insatiable appetite for learning was taken to a new level. I’ll never forget that week.
The second was last year, when I enrolled onto my Coaching Certiﬁcate at Henley Business School. Similar experience except this one I went into with an ILM Level 7 programme already attended and lots of useful if not random coaching under my belt. Still I learned and learned. Again there was a pattern – great people on that course programme and some lasting memories of great practice coaching sessions.
This learning event gave me a deeper realisation – that every ounce of me believed in coaching as a way of unlocking the best in people and that I would never stop learning about people whilst I coached. I learned the Nancy Kline way; reinvigorated my belief in unconditional positive regard; an enhanced feedback model and some of the best feedback I’ve ever had as a coach.
So both of these learning experiences had something in common to make a truly memorable learning experience; the realisation that in some areas I’ll never stop learning and that thrills me to the core. The other week I was talking to one of those people you meet – who you just think “Wow you’re going to be good” – and she said to me “I just love learning and knowledge”. That’s my epitaph, just nailed, thanks Jenna.
These 2 events helped me make my choices in life about the career I wanted and needed. Best learning experiences I’ve never had, sure – and still feeling the aftershock/fallout to this day.Happy learning folks – hope you ﬁnd your learning mojo.
Oh and Tom Jones is on now – a perennial learner if ever there was one. Go Sir Tom..!