Do you or your company take personal development seriously? Do you successfully take time out during your working day to reflect or invest in personal learning? It is amazing how many of us don't have enough time in our working days to incorporate personal learning. We really do pay lip service to reading books, watching YouTube or downloading podcasts as an integral part of our self-development. It is all a "nice to have" rather than being viewed as a core part of what we do to stretch ourselves and drive improvements and innovation.
We (Collingwood) started changing our business strategy a couple of years ago and our Business Mentor introduced the idea of widening our business perspectives and identifying best practices through personal learning. After a slow start we enjoy sharing what we are learning throughout the team and not only have we grown as individuals but we have also driven improvements across our executive search and leadership consultancy businesses from what we have learnt.
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To find out, we need look no further than chess grandmaster and world-champion martial artist Josh Waitzkin. Instead of squeezing his days for the maximum productivity, he's actually done the opposite. Waitzkin, who also authored The Art of Learning, purposely creates slack in his day so he has "empty space" for learning, creativity, and doing things at a higher quality. His explanation from a recent Tim Ferriss podcast episode: "I have built a life around having empty space for the development of my ideas for the creative process. And for the cultivation of a physiological state which is receptive enough to tune in very, very deeply to people I work with. In the creative process, it's so easy to drive for efficiency and take for granted the really subtle internal work that it takes to play on that razor's edge."