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THE LEARNING MINDSET

THOUGHTS

THE LEARNING MINDSET

Scott Peltin

In every project we do, when we discuss the elements of a High Performance Mindset one element consistently comes up - being a learner. It seems most high performers know that the drive to constantly expand what they know is critical even if they don’t have or create the time to actually do it. Instinctively we all know that the more we know about our environment, ourselves, others, and our field, the better equipped we are to not just survive but to actually maximize our impact on our world. From an evolutionary perspective this makes perfect sense.

I love the story of Clive Woodward, the English Rugby Coach of the 2003 All England World Cup Championship team, when he told his players there are two types of players: those with a brick between their ears and those with a sponge between their ears. He went on to explain that only those with the latter would be successful on this team because there was a lot to learn and a lot of improvement to be made. His point that talent wasn’t the commodity but learning was proves true in so many examples.

This past month, after a lot of travel with clients, I consciously decided that I wanted to take some planned time every day to get back to my learning. Low and behold, things started popping up in my conversations, in my reading, and in my experiences to provide me with some great new information. Whether it was a new way of looking at heart rate variability and its link to breathing, how Stephen Porges’ Polyvagal Theory changes our view of the role of the autonomic nervous system, or how our body maps impact our ability to successfully relate to others - each one of these new learnings will one day soon impact our Tignum content and strategies. This will hopefully help our clients achieve their Sustainable High Performance goals.

The challenge for most of us is that the VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous) world we live and work in doesn’t give us all the necessary ingredients we need to learn. Sure it gives us tons of information but it doesn’t give us the context and meaning we need. Also, it doesn’t allow us the time, the space, and the freedom to find the quiet we need to think. Finally, it too often doesn’t make it easy for us to have the discussions we need with other learners to challenge our beliefs, try out new theories, and make the learning useful.

From the start of Tignum, almost 10 years ago, one of the greatest pleasures I have had has been the Tignum lab environment where we get to constantly work with experts from so many fields to share ideas. This has been the fertilizer which you have seen in the evolution of our content and strategies to hopefully help you not only learn new high performance strategies but actually apply them. This next year we are taking our “lab” to a whole new level and we are really excited for the opportunities this will create for every one of our clients. A couple of years ago we wrote a blog about how the Sustainable High Human Performance field for business professionals was where the athletic performance field was 30 years ago. At Tignum, we have no intention of waiting 30 years for our field to evolve.

As always, I’d love to hear what you think.