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Transforming Talent Insights - Issue #59: Learning Wobbles: "Shine A Spotlight vs. Holding A Mirror"

Elizabeth M. Lembke - Chief Talent Navigator (HR Consultant)
Elizabeth M. Lembke - Chief Talent Navigator (HR Consultant)
Learning Wobbles Pop-Quiz
💭 How do you get experience, if you have no experience?
💭 How do you build competence in a fast 💨 paced, weird world?
💭 How do you figure out what to do if you do not know what to do?
Well, that is easy!
We grow to learn… and learn to grow…
If that is so, let me ask you a question…

💭 How would you hold a mirror on your own learning experiments?
A-Maze #Transformationpassport Learning Happens in the Wobble meme statement from Cathryn Barnard, Working the Future
A-Maze #Transformationpassport Learning Happens in the Wobble meme statement from Cathryn Barnard, Working the Future
You know, those learning experiments, where you push yourself up against the walls of your comfort zone to enter into the brave zone …
  • of the land of the first time,
  • of the unfamiliar and strange,
  • of an area where you do not have expertise,
  • of where you are going it alone?
How about those learning experiments?
As you think about the last time you boldly entered the brave zone, how was it?
Did you master the challenge the first time, or…
Was it messy, make you feel a bit unbalanced, make you feel a bit excited, make you feel a bit… wobbly?
Well, my friends, I am here to tell you…
GREAT! Exactly that is what real learning feels like.
Embracing the struggle is something that is so critical to actual learning and growth.
Learning happens in the wobble.. so embrace your inner Elmo
Learning happens in the wobble.. so embrace your inner Elmo
Often many are hesitant or uncomfortable in going into the land of the first time for fear of failure, embarrassing themselves, not having all the answers… or, alternatively, they are willing to try, but only after they prepare (in other words, overanalyze, over fret before taking that first step).
Sound familiar?
This is why I am a big proponent of #doitolearnit and embracing those #learningwobbles for competence growth.
As it is in the actual trying of something new/unfamiliar/different, that we actively enter the thawing part of Lewin’s freeze - unfreeze - refreeze cycle of change and growth.
And this is a wonderful thing.
So instead of shining a bright spotlight on (fill in the blank e.g. what went wrong, what you didn’t know, what surprises side-swiped you, your stumbles etc.), instead hold up mirror on how you have grown, the strides in gaining confidence in your own competence that you have made. Heck, impress yourself, give yourself the grace and space to stumble, and give yourself the encouragement of the “power of yet” as you make progress.
This courage to embrace the wobble is what makes you a learning maven!
So, I wanna to see you wiggle it, just a little bit!
Transforming Talent's Elizabeth Lembke on WHY "Learning Happens in the Wobble" A-Maze 2022
Transforming Talent's Elizabeth Lembke on WHY "Learning Happens in the Wobble" A-Maze 2022
💭 What is difficult for you now but was easy when you were a child?
Marcia Goddard: Teach like a toddler: how to bring education in the 21st century | TED Talk
Learning Happens in the Wobble: Inspiration
Learning Wobbles: Special Shout-Out
Learning Wobbles Musical Playlist
A-Maze Learning Happens in the Wobble Playlist by BigE | Spotify
Next A-Maze Port of Call: Vitality - Viability - Vulnerability
What are the Crosswaters of Vitality - Viablilty - Vulnerability?
Well, it is that our viability (as employees, professionals, parents, spouses, friends), our vitality (in terms of health, diet, self-care, work-life choices, purpose), and our vulnerability (our mental health, our willingness to actualize our own energy, needs, and areas, we want to improve upon) are interlocked, in ways in which were perhaps not as apparent as before. The awareness that we cannot rationalize away the stressors - nor ignore the fact that the build-up, effects all three areas.
It is reminiscent of the quote from Henry David Thoreau
“It’s not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is, what are we busy about?”
We invite you to take the opportunity to weigh in and “take a breather" with co-captains Vince Anthony Pitre and Elizabeth Lembke! Joining in are  shipmates like Cordelia GaffarMichelle Minnikin, and Garry Turner (Strategic Advisor and Thinking Partner) and YOU!
Simply sign up via Eventbrite or LinkedIn
Thank You!
The A-Maze Transformation passport has been an incredible #doittolearnit experiment in #learningwobbles. The awesomeness that my co-captains like Mike Hruska, Vince Pitre, Martin Mason, Michelle Minnikin, Cordelia Gaffar, Mandy Chooi, Anne-Cécile Graber, and many more to come, are bringing to the crew of learners is truly a-mazing! We really do welcome you aboard our #goodship!
And an extra special thanks goes to our #memeabletransformation winner, the wonderful Cathryn Barnard, from Working the Future for her winning quote after going through the Learning Happens in the Wobble session.
Should you like to learn more about the A-Maze Journey or how to foster a sense of experiment to learn in your team or organization, happy to dive in with you on a call
Wishing you happy sailing!
All of my best regards,
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Elizabeth M. Lembke - Chief Talent Navigator (HR Consultant)
Elizabeth M. Lembke - Chief Talent Navigator (HR Consultant) @elizabethlembke

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Elizabeth Lembke, Transforming Talent Consulting: www.transformingtalent.co and www.transformingtalent.de