Rookie Smarts

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I’ve been reading Rookie Smarts, Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game Of Work, by Liz Wiseman this week.

She talks about how rookies tend to enter a new workplace and embark on getting up to speed as quickly as they can, boldly asking lots of questions and seeking out experts. Yet those of us who are veterans can fall into the trap of losing curiosity, of paying attention to the things that confirm the truths we already believe.

One way of being is expansive and creative and the other becomes set and narrow-minded.

One of the rookie traits that we tend to drop is asking for help, seeking out experts. Brian Wong says, “Many people forget that the simple statement ‘I’d love to learn from you’ opens more doors than anything you can imagine. It’s the ultimate statement of humility, respect, understanding, and curiosity…”

So the question I’m asking myself is: How much more could I actually learn by embracing the constraint of not-knowing instead of hiding behind what I think I know?

When there is too much to know, having the right question may be more important than having a ready answer. Liz Wiseman

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