By User12601034-Oracle on Feb 10, 2015
- An act or practice so frequently repeated as to become almost automatic.
- A tendency or disposition to act consistently or to repeat.
We all have habits, and most of the conversation around habits consists of talking about how bad the habit is and how difficult it is to stop the habit. I’m going to switch the conversation on you and tell you that for 2015 you should have a habit – a learning habit!
I was on a call a couple of weeks ago, and the topic of learning habits came up. The question was “What learning habit do you have or will you build for this year? Using the definition above, a learning habit is something that you do repeatedly or consistently in order to develop your knowledge. It’s really nothing more than making a commitment that you are going to do something to stretch your knowledge.
On my phone call, people shared what they already do or are planning to do, including:
- Read one news article each day in my professional area.
- Watch 2 or 3 TED talks each week that look interesting.
- Read one business related book each quarter.
- Read one Business Book Summary each week. (Oracle employees have access to Business Book Summaries through the Virtual Library).
- Interview one leader each month that you feel is a great leader and find out what they do differently.
- Have one-on-one meetings with your team members each month to learn more about them and what they want to achieve.
- Finish my degree (whatever level it may be).
Any advice we read on leadership tells us that great leaders are continual learners – without constantly assessing where you are, where you want to go and what you need to get there, you will never improve.
So here’s my challenge to you – figure out what you are going to do in the next 7 days to start your learning habit. Write it down in your learning journal. At the end of seven days, check in with yourself and see how you did. Repeat this process for the next month (or quarter) until your habit is established. If you’re feeling up to it, share a comment about what your new habit will be.
By incorporating a learning habit into your leadership actions, you will be modeling continual learning for your employees and taking a great opportunity to develop yourself.