What do you observe?

Years ago, management guru Tom Peters coined the phrase MBWA – Management by Walking Around.  I’d like to coin a new one: LBLA – Learning by Looking Around.

1) I work in a nuclear power station.  Safety and security are paramount.  The first day there I’m walking and texting and someone stops me and asks me not to do that, it’s not safe.   What an amazing culture that encourages everyone to say and do the right thing for safety sake whenever they observe it.

2) I learn so much just by reading headlines and status of people on Linked In and Facebook.  For example, a connection posted information about a concert of a middle east peace ensemble.  It led to a beautiful lunch and conversation, as well as enjoying the chance to hear the group live.   It would never have happened if she hadn’t posted something and I hadn’t inquired about it.

3) Headphones still drive me crazy. What are people listening to all the time, and more importantly, what are they MISSING that’s not on their daily soundtrack?   I see so many people tuned out to the world while they tune in to themselves.

4) Have you ever switched learning modes?  I love to read, but now have a very long commute, so books on CD have become my best friend.  My team is a virtual one, so meetings are weekly team phone calls.  We all need to be fascile learners, and switch modes when we need to. 

5) I  just returned from an ANSI (www.ansi.org) learning conference as  a new training certificate assessor.  I observed how careful my colleagues want to be precise and exact with the standards, and to ensure that we all have a common understanding of the nuances and what they mean.  It made me take a second and third look to ensure that I will do the same thing.

What are you observing and learning?  How do you apply what you see/hear/read?  Make sure you’re not tuned out to what’s going on around you and that you take every instance as a chance to further your learning.  Make taking your observations and turning them into learning  an active part of your life by Learning by Looking Around.

About hprager

Father, husband, brother and son. Delighted to be friends and mentor to so many wonderful people. Passionate about: leadership, learning and development, education, nature and the environment, youth, music, jazz, the tuba, Israeli dancing, networking and helping others, humor, laughter, swimming, hiking, the Cubs, Northwestern athletics, theater, musicals, concerts, traveling and making new friends wherever I go. Helping the world be a better place when I leave it.
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1 Response to What do you observe?

  1. Julian says:

    Working in a manufacturing environment, the importance of safety culture can not be over emphasized. I glad to see they do not want you to text in a nuclear plant, because it is a distraction. It affects the way I drive and even the way I cross a street as a pedestrian. You will know your totally addicted when you start picking up paper towels on the floor in your companies bathrooms so people will not slip.

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