Preface: If “Rapid Fire Learning” isn’t ringing a bell of quick recognition with you, I ask that you learn all about it by reading this duet of postings:
- This is the FAQ sheet for RFL which is in residence on Joyful Jubilant Learning, a site now archived as an online resource for our Ho‘ohana Community:
About Rapid Fire Learning
- This is one of the more recent articles I had written about RFL here on Talking Story:
Our RFL Recall: Are you Remembering or Learning?
Then please, do come back to this one! Your Talking Story, Say “Alaka‘i” and Managing with Aloha connections appear at the ending of this posting.
Our Ho‘ohana Intentions
Starting today and tomorrow, I’ll be bringing Rapid Fire Learning here to Talking Story on the last weekend of each month, with a new twist: The weekend will serve as a full learning immersion value-aligned to ‘Ike loa (the MWA value of learning), and therefore open to both RFL the way we have known it within our JJL habit, and Take 5, our practice here on Talking Story of keeping a Take 5 focus in the game-changing strategy we’ve set our sights on as our 2010 Ho‘ohana.
Now I know that is quite a mouthful, and if you “got it!” in reading that last paragraph, wow! I am impressed (and profoundly grateful) for you are a true Joyful Jubilant Learner, and a Talking Story/ Managing with Aloha champion!
If you aren’t quite there yet, not to worry! Take an easy, relaxing weekend breath, and please, please don’t let me scare you away, for RFL and Take 5 have one purpose: To celebrate you and your learning in a joyful way, Hau‘oli‘oli — in joy, wonder and delight.
We’ll just let that paragraph of Ho‘ohana intentions stand as is: Rather than break it down, I think the easiest way is to take a cue from Nike, and Just do it! So here we go…
I’ll go first, and I invite you to join in. Use the comments here, or send me a trackback from your own site. Tumble something, or tweet yours one-by-one in the Twitter 140 if you like!
My RFLs for February, 2010, stream-of-consciousness, as I sit for this writing capture:
Our JJL practice had been to “take 5” in our RFL listing too, capturing the learning strongest in the current month’s memory impressions. After jotting down your RFLs, you may choose to look back into your journaling, or skim your own blog’s archive listing, asking yourself why your RFL capture may have differed from your documentation: The comparison can trigger even more learning for you.
- When I decide on some kind of theme for my month, I do experience a passionate flare-up about it, for I am simply paying attention better, in a very channeled, specific way. However for me, the theme cannot solely indulge in blogging conventions; it has to connect to my Alaka‘i coaching.
- Saying “No” or “game over” to friends and colleagues can be very difficult, but the emotions eventually stop churning when you have a burning “Yes!” of your own which you will commit to as your Ho‘ohana. I must keep my own burning yes alive and well, for in the end, I will serve everyone better that way.
- I need to allocate more time in my Strong Week Plan for finishing well. I have been much too quick to flit from one project or task to another, when short and deep immersion is what actually works better for me. Less is more.
- BIG impression made on me this month by Jason Fried when he said, “Inspiration is perishable” in this podcast. I am learning to “work fresh” when I have an idea that is connected to my “burning Yes!”
- Proving once again that learning benefits from those unexpected refresher courses your health will give you: Amazing how much of your life shifts when you take ill; it becomes continuous learning in Mālama, the value of stewardship, caring and compassion. (Your business is a person, separate from you.)
My Ho‘ohana Take 5: This is what I have given my ‘Ike loa focus to in February:
You can do your Take 5 in Learning however you wish: No Rules, keep it useful for YOU.
All of mine have something to do with a post done here at Talking Story this month, but I am purposely not linking them up, for I want to keep the words alone as my Language of Intention triggers, stimulating new thoughts in sequential and consequential learning. My Take 5 will help me look ahead to the month of March, knowing that, as prompted by RFL number 3. above, I am not finished with these:
- You’ll be the company you keep. Aloha teaches both unconditional acceptance, and a “what’s next?” choosiness of discretionary intention.
- My game-changing in productivity stress-free performance requires a Trusted System: Am I busy, or accomplished? Is my behavior acceptable, or inspirational? Big difference.
- Of Significance: 1. Learning is a never-ending Project. “Everything is a learning experience. However, all learning isn’t equal.” Of Significance: 2. Communication benefits greatly from Sense of Place. Effective communication requires choices and faithfulness to those choices.
- Being positive is Hō‘imi: Looking for it. And when I look for it, I manage to find it! Writing then (and my speaking, and my teaching, and my photography), becomes a deeper exploration of that discovery. Your words will move you there if you let them.
- Feeling good isn’t necessarily the same as feeling strong —and your strengths do make you feel strong. The Alaka‘i manager who delivers this clarity to a workplace will be indispensable.
Now your turn!
Use the comments here for one or the other, or both. Ho‘olokomaika‘i: Be generous, knowing that your sharing will encourage others to reflect on, and appreciate their own learning too.
Consider using your coffee time, or bookend your weekend with us: Perhaps Saturday for one, and Sunday for the other?
Additional coaching for the Say Alaka‘i Manager:
However what I said above is worth repeating: No Rules or specific steps —get this to be useful for you in the design of your own learning success structure. Give yourself some whole-minded love, knowing your self-care is your February strengthener.
“”someone who calls themselves a manager of people must be a learner, and they must dedicate themselves to non-stop, sequential and consequential learning.
Sequential in that it builds upon previous lessons learned, and it takes you through a process where you question instruction and do not always accept what you are taught at face value; you polish it like a gem in your mind until something about it rings true for you.
Consequential in that it is worthwhile stuff; it makes a difference for you, and you aren’t simply collecting lessons on some scorecard. There’s some personal take-away in it for you. Now that you know it, you’re going to use it.”
—‘Ike loa; to seek knowledge and wisdom in Managing with Aloha (page 136)
Photo Credits: Our Ho‘ohana Community icon and Rapid Fire Learning banner were designed for us by Tim Milburn, of StudentLinc who says, “Leaders are learners.” “Experiment Five” was shot by woodleywonderworks, and “Pent” was taken by Here’s Kate; both found on Flickr.