Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Learning as a disability

Sometimes, learning erects these high walls in front of us. I was reading the book 'Mastery' and it struck me that, yes, it does indeed happen.

The book calls it as a learning disability. Yes, it happens to every one of us. It happens to organizations, blindsided as it were by their high walls. It has happened to forts and fortifications, literally because of their high walls. And it happens to people as well.

People like us, who are professionally qualified often look at the 'untaught' 'expert' with scorn. Yet it is often these 'untaught' experts that go on to make disruptive ideas, start ups - because they do not come with the 'teaching' that it cannot be done.

Experts refuse to acknowledge a new process or method - blocked as they are from viewing it, thanks to the high walls they raised in the process of being an expert.

We often do it as well - when a child asks us very simple questions, we often wonder how we did not see it ourselves.

And in many organizations, this is known as building kingdoms where other than building forts on desks and manning the turrets with email cannons, everything akin to a war is fought to protect kingdoms and turfs...

How does one ensure that there is a childlike curiosity whenever we look at something new? How to ensure that we look at everything as an opportunity rather than a threat? How to look at a market with fresh eyes every time without having to blindsided by nimble opponents? Questions, questions...

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