I work on the assumption that we can all be even better at what we do. Therefore, it follows that we are (or can be) always learning.
It helps to know what our learning style is if you want to learn and properly embed new skills and knowledge. We all naturally prefer to learn in different ways. To understand these different ways, Peter Honey and Alan Mumford developed their ‘Learning Styles’ model. They identified four distinct learning styles or preferences and recommend that we should both understand our learning style, and seek out opportunities to learn using that style.
Their four styles are:
Activists. Activists involve themselves fully in new experiences. They are open-minded, not sceptical, and this tends to make them enthusiastic about anything new. Their philosophy is: “I’ll try anything once”.
Reflectors. Reflectors like to stand back to ponder experiences and observe them from many different perspectives. They collect data, both first hand and from others, and prefer to think about it thoroughly before coming to any conclusion.
Theorists. Theorists adapt and integrate observations into complex but logically sound theories. They think problems through in a step-by-step logical way. They assimilate disparate facts into coherent theories.
Pragmatists. Pragmatists are the sorts of people who return from management courses brimming with new ideas that they want to try out in practice. They like to get on with things and act quickly and confidently on ideas that attract them.
If you want to know more about Learning Styles, and know more about your own style, you can download a free questionnaire here.
For me, one of the greatest pleasures in life is being curious and learning new stuff. What have you learnt today?