Posted 11 April 2011 by Chris Farmer
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Accelerated learning - Teachability index
There are some people that cannot progress in their work because they refuse to learn.
- It is not that they cannot learn (they aren't stupid).
- And it is not that they don't need to learn (they don't know it all).
It is rather because, they won't learn: in the sense that they refuse to study new knowledge.
Some people operate on the notion that they already "know everything they need to know" and when it comes to gaining new skills, they have "shut up shop".
So I want to introduce you to the idea of the "teachability index".
This is a measure of how "teachable" you are. i.e. How willing you are to gain and apply new knowledge.
The teachability index is made up of two sub categories:
- How motivated are you to learn new techniques, knowledge and skills?
- How willing are you to accept change in your personal performance of tasks?
Let's explain the two questions in a little more detail.
1. How motivated are you to learn new techniques, knowledge and skills?
This is the measure of your "desire to know ".
Some people are born to be curious. They want to know everything.
Others are not. They say things like "curiosity killed the cat". They don't know much and they don't care that they don't know much.
But remember that, your progress depends on you learning new skills.
Because advances in technology mean that everything around you is evolving into something different to what you are used to.
If you don't learn new skills your old ones will be obsolete.
So score yourself out of ten for "the desire to know".
I have a very strong desire to learn new skills, techniques and gain knowledge.
I don't really care to learn about new stuff: I did my schooling and I don't fancy going back to the books. I already know everything I need to know."
Write your score out of ten here: "desire to learn and to know, out of ten."___________
2. How willing are you to accept change in your personal performance of tasks?
We are creatures of habit and tend to resist change.
You probably eat at the same restaurants. You probably read the same newspaper each day.
You probably what the same TV programmes each week.
We don't like change because change creates uncertainty and we like certainty; something we know. the familiar, rather than the unfamiliar. So change is unsettling and causes us discomfort.
So even if you did learn that eating white flour products was bad for you, most people would not change.
If you did discover that your jokes were upsetting the others, you would keep telling the jokes.
Because, personal change is uncomfortable and difficult.
How many ideas have you heard that:
- You agree with
- Would be good to do IN THEORY
- But you don't do them in practice?
So your teachability index also asks you to rate your willingness to accept change.
So score yourself out of ten for "the willingness to accept change"
A score of ten means: "I am open to change: show me a method that is an improvement on my current method and will INSTANTLY drop the old method and embrace the new one!"
A score of zero means "I'm not going to change for anyone. I am what I am. You can't make me change!"
Write your score out of ten here: "the willingness to accept change, out of ten."_________
Your teachability index is the product of the two Numbers you wrote, above
Desire to learn and to know, out of ten." X "the willingness to accept change, out of ten."
That gives you a top mark potential of 100 (10x 10) and a low mark potential of 0
If you scores 40 or less.
Ponder the significance of your low teachability index.
You are in danger of short circuiting your success.
To earn more, you must learn more.
It is work, but you are paid for it.
If you score 41 - 70
You have an average score. Not so bad: but not so good either.
Get excited and start a study of all the new things that are happening in your industry.
Read the journals and develop new skills. Accept the responsibility of improving your skill set.
Book yourself on one of our courses.
If you score 71- 100
You are a lifelong learner. Keep swotting and implement all you can.
Improve your treachability index.
Ask your friend to do this test and discuss their answer.
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