How open are you to learning new ways of doing old things?

EKG Pulse Graph with Glowing Blue LineOur reader poll today asks: How open are you to learning new ways of doing old things?

– Very – I love learning new techniques and approaches: 82%
– Kind of – I’ll learn a new way to do things if I really need to: 16%
– Not very – There has to be a compelling reason for me to change: 2%
– Not at all – Things work just fine the way they are: 1%

Learn something every day. Obviously an audience that reads a newsletter focused on new ideas is going to skew heavily to being learners. I encourage you to take your learning further by doing so in a deliberate way. Set a learning agenda for yourself. Start a journal or spreadsheet to track your learning. It doesn’t have to be complicated. Define the topics you want to learn, sources for learning them (books, blogs, online courses, classroom instruction) as well as people you can learn from (boss, peers, team members, mentors, coaches, etc.). Create a section called “what I learned this week” and reflect on it to document your growth. Creating such a vehicle will not only focus your learning efforts, it’ll motivate you to learn more as you see your progress over time.

Do you agree with these poll results? Let us know in the comments below!

Mike Figliuolo at thoughtLEADERS, LLC

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These results were originally a SmartPulse poll in SmartBrief on Leadership which tracks feedback from more than 210,000 business leaders. Get smarter on leadership and sign up for the SmartBrief on Leadership e-newsletter.

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