Rapid Fire Learning | March 2007

Tim Milburn is hosting our Rapid Fire Learning on Joyful Jubilant Learning this month! I had one particular favorite from those he shared there; click over to the comments and you’ll discover which it was :-)

I LOVE this new feature we’ve started on JJL. We do this to celebrate the immense capacity we have for learning ”“ we all CAN be lifelong learners, and furthermore, I strongly believe we must. I guarantee you that you have learned more this month than you may think you have; write it down. Track it every month with us, and marvel at the capacity you have for learning. Marvel at the wonder that you are.

writing my talk ” here goes ” stream of consciousness ” real quick ” 5 things I learned this month;

1. I learned a new way to comprehend the wisdom of the practice Julia Cameron calls an “artist date.”

There are two tools Cameron talks about in her coaching of writers, calling them, “two bedrock tools essential to any creative recovery.” One involves work, something she calls “Morning Pages” and the second, the “Artist Date” involves play; she says that once weekly, we need to take a solitary, festive expedition targeted at enticing our inner artist into exploring new realms ”“ take in a solo movie, visit an art supply shop, take a jaunt through Chinatown; that sorta thing.

The work is a cinch for me, the play part is much tougher to master. My new learning (not an original thought for me, but newly heard coaching from Cameron) was in thinking of Morning Pages as sending ”“ think Law of Attraction, and how free-form, stream of consciousness writing helps you tell the Universe what you’d like more of. On the other hand, the Artist Date is receiving; “you hear hunches, inspiration, guidance, and as your inner listening improves, you experience increased synchronicity.” Now this concept of sending versus receiving I get; it’s like the giving and receiving of The Daily Five Minutes.

2. I learned that making a decision about what not to do can still fall short of being a complete decision. We have to pursue finishing our thought processes by pushing onward to the decision of what we will do. Complete decisions end in action. Great decisions end in positive, optimistic action. Those are the decisions that count most.

I went to the ASCD Conference for the first time (the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, with a K-12 focus in education), and I learned of the adversarial relationship that unfortunately seems to exist between education and business. There is such a wealth of knowledge within these two influencers, these giants in our society, and for us to not explore each other’s talents, and share more of our expertise —welcomed by each other with open arms— is to me, extremely sad, and frankly, also irresponsible. Through Teaching with Aloha, Dean and I aim to be a more positive influence.

Speaking of education as an industry, I learned that there is “coaching” in education, but there don’t seem to be “coaches” (other than the sports variety). Fascinating.

I have learned of some terrific book recommendations thanks to JJL’s A Love Affair with Books this month! No secret that I love books, and at any given time I have a stack of six or eight new ones (in each of my two offices) waiting to be read. Next up for me is a group read with one of the executive leadership teams I’m coaching, using Marcus Buckingham’s new Go Put Your Strengths to Work. These are the other JJL recommendations already on their way to me in an online bookseller’s box ” so far.

Your turn; what 5 things have you learned so far this month?

Here’s my tracking: January ’07, February ’07.


  1. says

    Great list of learning. I was especially intrigued by #3. Working on a University campus, there is often an adversarial bent from the faculty toward the student development sectors on campus. There’s often a underlying question of “What do you do here?” and an air of superiority that exists.
    It is not just exclusive of our campus, but occurs in most places of higher education. Why do you think this is? Does something happen to a person once they go through the process of getting a Ph.D?

  2. says

    It’s a question I’d like to find the answer to as well Tim. I was hoping to learn it different in higher education, as ASCD has the K-12 focus, and my personal experience has been that MWA is welcomed with open arms thus far: MWA is now used as an MBA textbook at three colleges, one community college, and a high school (that I know of).
    Slightly related, I think about people like Bill George of Medtronic, now a professor at Harvard; ex-CEOs are actively recruited just like retiring sports heroes are in broadcasting.