Global Leadership Summit 2015
Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing
- rookie moments when doing something challenging and meaningful
- “I don’t want a job I’m qualified learn or there would be nothing to learn.”
- Questions to ask yourself about rookie moments:
- how di dyou feel
- how did you operate
- what did you do when you didn’t know what to do
- what was your aspiration?
- We operate in simple small gritty and powerful way
- Experience - “Once we have knowledge we tend to make assumptions and they can often be bad assumptions.”
- With experience, sometimes we see what we expect to see and sometimes we can miss things entirely.
- Inexperience - bound to make some rookie mistakes
- has an upside that must be explored
- The upside of inexperience - operate in hunter gatherer mode to seek expertise from others
- LEARNING CURVE: delight > discovery > desperation (fire-walker mode–quick and careful) we tend to learn the most when we are feeling a bit desperate > deliver > delight > comfort OR hubris - signs you are on a plateau - things are running smoothly
- you already have the answers
- you get positive feedback - when we are at the top of our game we are in danger
- you’ve become the mentor
- you’re busy but bored – soul-sucking and contagious
- can we be dulled to danger simply because we feel comfort?
- when you have nothing it forces you to turn outward
- when challenge level goes up, satisfaction level goes up
- the secret of the rookie zone is it is powerful because we don’t like it–we want to reduce the tension (rubber band stretch between people)
- as leaders we sometimes stretch too hard or we reduce the tension to rescue people
- How do we rekindle rookie smarts?
- master the art of the pivot of Leader & Learner by trying the following: - things are running smoothly SO INSTEAD throw away your notes in order to have fresh thinking
- you already have the answers SO INSTEAD ask the questions
- you get positive feedback SO INSTEAD admit what you don’t know
- you’ve become the mentor SO INSTEAD let someone else lead - leaders need to be able to stop and to be able to go in reverse
- try following someone on the team
- go and spend time with the newcomers and allow them to renew you
- you’re busy but board SO INSTEAD disqualify yourself and put yourself back at the beginning of the learning curve - when we put ourselves back in the rookie zone we do our best thinking and find our greatest joy “It’s awkward but it’s exhilarating”
- “If you want your team to stay relevant, lead them into the unknown”
- stay a learner and know when to put your rookie on
- Our greatest joy comes from daring to begin again.