Top 3 Signs of a Learning Mind

I had some time to think recently about what makes learning initiatives, specifically E-Learning, 544853_question_mark.jpgsuccessful.

Is it the content? Is it the presentation?  Is it the instructor?  Is it all the pretty pictures we throw in there?

I think that yes, it’s a bit of all of these things.

But, I propose that it is also something more.  

As I look back over my time in E-Learning and all of the different courses I have been a part of, one thing seems to jump out from the group time and time again.

1279618_people.jpgWhat you might ask?  The people.

I think that the ultimate key to success in E-Learning, or any kind of learning for that matter, is found in the people you are working with.  Specifically in whether or not they are open to learning what you put in front of them.

Having an open mind is key my friends.  And, even better if you can take things one step further and open your participants up to having a learning mind.

How can you do this?  I don’t have the magic formula.  But, I can tell you what to look for.  That is why today we are going to spend just a few minutes looking at the Top 3 Signs of a Learning Mind.

1). Flexibility

As an instructor, it is easy to see which participants are willing to change.  It’s obvious.  You know this.  I know this.  The participants?  They often think they can fool us.

They are wrong.

If a person is not willing to change, change their behavior, change their mind set, change their reality, then there isn’t much we can do about it.

It’s sad to watch.  Hard to watch even.  Because when you are on the outside looking in you can often see how a small concession would make a huge difference in their professional life.  All I can say is don’t give up.  You never know what that magic button will be, but you might be the one person who ever finds it.

If a participant is willing to be flexible then it opens every door in the world.  These are the people you can help and these are the individuals where you can really make a difference.

2). Inquisitiveness

Isn’t it a wonderful thing when you run across those participants who are visibly excited and curious about the course at hand?  These are some of the best individuals to teach because not only are they open to learning, but they actually want to learn.   They are engaged in the lesson, asking questions and offering feedback all along the way.

And they are easy to spot.  Their natural inquisitiveness is a dead giveaway.

3). Corporate Culture

1371377_nemo_the_horse.jpgThis last point isn’t so much a trait of the individual, but rather a product of the corporate culture they are immersed in on a daily basis.

Is is a culture of sharing? One where people are open to the flow of ideas and where this is a positive and recognized behavior?  Or is it a culture of fear, where employees are forced to hold their cards close to their chest and keep their mouths shut?

If you can answer this question, any of these questions, then you are on your way to understanding what type of initiative will best suit your audience.   Not only that, but you will also have a good idea as to how receptive your audience will be to your efforts.

After all, you can lead a horse to water …

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