Learning How to Learn

Management is doing things right. Leadership is doing the right things” – Peter Drucker

Your thermostat senses the current room temperature and compares it to the set goal temperature. And then heats or cools to close the gap. This is a programmed (learned) routine in the thermostat to pursue the goal of temperature as an end.

Many organizations are proficient at single-loop learning. They sense their environment, set objectives, and then monitor the organization’s performance in relation to these objectives. This routine gets institutionalized and keeps the organization “on course.” Even when the organization is on the wrong course.

“Management is doing things right. Leadership is doing the right things” – Peter Drucker

Learning to learn is a double loop, where you question whether the operating norms (goals) are appropriate. This requires

  • Awareness & Inference: Ability to scan and anticipate change in the wider environment.
  • Retrospect (frame & reframe): Question, challenge, and change operating norms and assumptions
  • Embrace Uncertainty: Allow for the emergence of appropriate strategic direction and patterns for the organization

The fundamental ability to question the direction set as your destiny is what separates people from machines. Learning how to learn is innate to us. Entertain your intuition, engage your curiosity, and question the routines. Join our leadership courses to begin your journey. 


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