Corporations spend money to craft their vision statements. If that is important, why don’t we craft our own personal vision statement? We advocate KM and organizational learning, but do we practice what we preach and embark on our own personal learning program? Many corporations go for business process improvement and continuous improvement or kaizen. Why don’t we also go for personal self-improvement?
Is self-improvement part of your personal goals?
Count how many of the following ten statements apply to you:
- You started to read at least one book in the past six months.
- When criticized, you try to understand the criticism instead of automatically defending yourself.
- The intention or thought of learning a new skill had occurred to you in the past six months.
- More often, you admit you don’t know something instead of pretending that you know it.
- At least once in the past six months, you have asked a colleague to comment on what you wrote.
- You are enrolled in an academic degree program or took a training course in the last six months.
- When you hear about a new but untested idea, you listen or ask questions instead of dismissing it outright.
- When you come across a new word whose meaning you do not know, more often you look it up in a dictionary or learn about it from the Internet instead of ignoring it.
- Although it may appear stupid or embarrassing at times, more often you go ahead and still ask questions about something you don’t know about.
- You often ask colleagues for advice.
If you checked four or more, then you value self-improvement and learning. If so, you will enjoy and benefit from this L Series of blogs. If you checked seven or more, wow! Your inclination and readiness to learn and self-improve is superb!
Next, what is(are) your preferred learning style(s)? You can answer this question by answering a free online learning styles inventory (click HERE) from the Memletics team. According to them, the learning styles are:
Visual (spatial): you prefer using pictures, images, and spatial understanding.
Aural (auditory-musical): you prefer using sound and music.
Verbal (linguistic): you prefer using words, both in speech and writing.
Physical (kinesthetic): you prefer using your body, hands and sense of touch.
Logical (mathematical): you prefer using logic, reasoning and systems.
Social (interpersonal): you prefer to learn in groups or with other people.
Solitary (intrapersonal): you prefer to work alone and use self-study.
The labels inside parentheses are the corresponding intelligence types according to Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligence.
After taking the test and knowing your preferred learning styles, you can read more about their characteristics in the same website. Learning by reading my blogs and then practicing what you read would fit your preferred learning style quite well if you score high in verbal, logical, visual (I use lots of diagrams and photos in my blog) and solitary. If you score high in aural, please email me so I can also insert some videos in my blog.
Here are my preferred learning styles (I am very poor in aural and physical). I can learn alone as well as through groups (I like having many friends and I am a networker; I am in Facebook and LinkedIn). But I find it difficult to learn through singing and physical movements. You can also see why I am very poor at dancing!
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