Social Learning: The New Black?
How often have you heard someone say something and it triggers a new way of thinking, a different way of looking at a problem, or a surge
Social learning is a concept that has really been around from the beginning of time. We all learn from each other. We gain clarification, insight and extra know-how just by sharing our thinking, knowledge and skills.
We should also remember that we are biologically wired to connect with others. It has been fundamental to our survival.
It gives us a sense of well-being when we connect in a meaningful way. Discussing our thinking, our ideas and our solutions makes deeper connections and gives synergy which all can enjoy.
By being part of different learning communities, we are able to reinforce our learning outcomes, increase motivation and generate more diverse solutions. Yes, please – I definitely want more of that!
But, too often we think all the answers can be found on Google – so easy and simple. And yet, connecting to a real person, having that conversation, and even sharing your Google findings, can bring about greater learning.
We are all challenged by busy-ness. Glued to your desk at work, fighting your way through streams of issues is not the best way to get to the other side. Get up, walk, chat.
Going beyond your organisation stretches your horizons. Find more of your kind in different associations, network groups and other learning
communities. Connect on a virtual platform, but if you can, get out there and see the people. Share and synergise – you never know where that could take you.
Learning is not just made for classrooms. Go for the three-step: one, two, cha-cha- cha – formal learning first, practise next and finally collaborate with others.
Social learning may not be the new black as it has been with us for eons, but for many of us we may have forgotten how important it is. Make it your new black.
Karen Livey (MBA, Speaker CEP, Master Trainer and Leadership Consultant) is an expert in Neuroleadership
Karen is the Director of the Global Institute of Training and Presenting and helps organisations develop future leaders by using neuroscience and values based leadership principles.