Published on March 17, 2014
Teachability: The Pathway of Learning Ron McIntyre Certified Leadership Coach,Teacher and Speaker Transformative Leadership Group
Accountability How did you integrate “Hope” as a focus on learning into your life this past week? TLG - SYWSYL - 2014 2
What Does Teachability Mean? TLG - SYWSYL - 2014 3 Leaders are teachers and teachable! “Teachability is possessing the intentional attitude and behavior to keep learning and growing throughout life!” • If you want to be successful tomorrow, then you must be teachable today!
Attitude and Teachability TLG - SYWSYL - 2014 4 • Teachability means having a “heart” for learning. • Survey by Leadership IQ: • Of 20K new hires in a 3 yr. period, 46% failed within the first 18 months on the job! • Lack of technical competence was NOT a main reason.Weakness in this skill are was 1 in 10. • Almost 90% of their problems were due to a result of attitude! • Top reason for failure was lack of teachability! • 26% of the people who failed weren’t coachable. • They lacked the ability to accept & implement feedback from bosses, colleagues, customers & others. • Since attitude is a CHOICE, thereforeTeachability is a CHOICE. • Pretending you know it all can sabotage one’s future because it is impossible for one person to know it all.
Traits of a Teachable Person! Teachable people have an attitude conducive to learning. Teachable people possess a beginner’s mind- set. Teachable people take long, hard looks in the mirror. Teachable people encourage others to speak into their lives. Teachable people learn something new every day. Let’s look a little deeper in each? TLG - SYWSYL - 2014 5
Teachable People Have an Attitude Conducive to learning. Each day is an opportunity! Attitudes are expectant! Openness is critical! If you reach your age of personal comfort with the world, you can stop learning and coast for the rest of your life. Being teachable depends on capacity and attitude. Embrace an attitude of teachability. If you don’t have a positive attitude & a teachable spirit, FIGHT for them. The Choice isYOURS? TLG - SYWSYL - 2014 6
Teachable People Possess a Beginner's Mind-set! Ability & willingness to learn and put into practice whatever is needed to accomplish your goals. An open mind is the beginning of self-discovery and growth. In a beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are few. To maintain a beginners' mind-set, can be difficult. Keep in mind the following: Everyone has something to teach me! Every day I have something to learn. Every time I learn something, I benefit! Asking questions does more for development than answering them. Are you asking questions today? TLG - SYWSYL - 2014 7
Teachable PeopleTake Long, Hard Looks in the Mirror! Novelist JamesThom,“Probably the most honest,“self-made” man ever was the one we heard say:“I got to the top the hard way- fighting my own laziness & ignorance every step of the way.” We need to openly and honestly evaluate ourselves on a continual basis. When we refuse to look in the mirror, we look for people to blame.We keep getting the same result over and over. William Mayo:“Lord, deliver me from the man who never makes a mistake, and also from the man who makes the same mistake twice.” How can I be more teachable? TLG - SYWSYL - 2014 8
Teachable People Encourage Others to Speak into Their Lives! Teachable people need to surround themselves with people who know them well & will lovingly, yet honestly, speak into their lives. You must be willing to develop strong relationships that can provide the basis for these discussions. Your friend should have enough courage to speak into your life. You must be willing to accept the feedback and criticism without defending yourself. “I don’t trust anyone with power that can’t be checked,” – “Especially ME” – John Maxwell “Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you would have preferred to talk. Doug Larson How DoYou Listen to Make a Change? TLG - SYWSYL - 2014 9
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Daily Practices to Become More Teachable: Preparation Be proactive, prepare. Look for learning moments. Listen for learning opportunities Keep your eyes open. Think through your day with anticipation, not with fear. “When opportunity comes, it’s too late to prepare?” – johnWooden TLG - SYWSYL - 2014 11
Daily Practices to Become Teachable: Contemplation Time alone is essential to learning. Contemplation allows us to learn from negative experiences. In science, mistakes always precede discoveries Questions to contemplate: What can I learn from what I read today? What can I learn from what I saw today? What can I learn from what I heard today? What can I learn from what I experienced today? What can I learn from what I did wrong today? What Can I learn from whom I met today? What can I learn from what I discussed today? TLG - SYWSYL - 2014 12
Daily Practices to Become Teachable: Application When we learn & apply we have value! 3 reactions to negatives & mistakes: Resolve to never make another mistake, but this is impossible. Allow mistakes to make them cowards. Learn from their mistakes & apply the lesson to their lives, which is profitable. Make learning a disciplined activity. Share the discipline of learning. Share the discipline of being teachable. TLG - SYWSYL - 2014 13
ThankYou TLG - SYWSYL - 2014 14 Thanks for joining us in discussing the topic ofTeachability based on John Maxwell’s book,“SometimesYou Win, SometimesYou Learn”. We can customize a MasterMind group for your company or group based on this or a number of other books from John. We also have a number of coaching frameworks we can bring to your staff and help them grow! Please contact me at: Website: http://transformativeleadership.us Website: http://rwme.com Blog: http://leadershipnotes.us Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 630-935-3326
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