The Little Book of Thinking Big

It can’t be overstated how crucial the first months are in establishing a learning community.

You need to plant the seeds of everything you want the community to become. We involve the Leaders who will be using it in the build process from the word ‘go’ to make sure it suits their needs and values. Most companies we have worked with have never seen anything like our Hubs.

While looking for ways to introduce the exact sort of mindset we want Leaders to use when engaging with the community, I found these 2 stories from ‘The Little Book of Thinking Big’.

Part of running a LD community successfully is knowing how people think, and most importantly, how they learn.

 

Story #1. Intellectual Humility – Learners need a Big Ego and a Small Ego

"What does Google search for?

We are taught to hate losing arguments and making mistakes but that is small thinking. It’s exactly the sort of person that Google looks to hire. What Google searches for is: ‘intellectual humility’.

Someone whose life is a dizzy haze of dazzling academic success, trouncing tests and exam ecstasy is pretty unaccustomed to failure. So they don’t learn how to unwrap the gift of learning that failure offers.

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The people who are the most successful here, who we want to hire, will have a fierce position,’ said Lazlo Bock, in an interview with The New York Times. Bock is the Senior Vice President of People Operations at Google.

‘They’ll argue like hell. They’ll be zealots about their point of view. But when you say “here’s a new fact”, they’ll go “Oh, well that changes things; You’re right”.’

How does Bock describe the sort of person who can be passionate about their ideas but prepared to admit they are wrong? ‘You need a big ego and a small ego in the same person at the same time’."

 

Story #2. Check your Assumptions – Learners need to Know their Baggage

"There’s a big, strong mother elephant and there’s a baby elephant.

The baby elephant is tied to a post by a thick rope. It strains and heaves against the rope trying to break free.

The mother elephant is tied to a post by a thin, fraying rope. With her enormous strength she could snap rope or uproot the post. She does neither.

A child observes this and scratches her head. She speaks to the elephant trainer.

‘The baby cannot escape but tries to. The mother can escape but does not’, she says. ‘Why doesn’t the mother break free?’

‘When she was a baby she also tried to break free. She learned that she could not’, he replies. ‘Now she assumes it is still impossible. She is tied by the strongest rope of all.’

The Rope's in your Head

Your mind has picked up a lot of baggage that weighs down and cramps your thinking.

As Anais Nin said: 'We don’t see things as they are. We see them as WE are.'

You might be right when you form your opinion. You might be wrong by the time you defend it to the death."

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