Many of us would like to expand our expertise or gain new skills. We’d like to become wiser, faster, and evermore capable. Maybe attend a Spokes workshop? (hint, hint) Purchase – and regularly read – Harvard Business Review? Hire a consultant or coach? And, yet, we don’t. We think we don’t follow through on these ideas because we don’t have enough time or can’t afford the costs. The truth is, however, it’s our own mental barriers that keep us from learning more.
In her article, “3 Mental Barriers to Learning,” Smartbrief Contributor Marlene Chism points out that personal ego is the single biggest threat to our ability to learn. Specifically, Chism defines the specific mindsets that regularly hound and sabotage us:
The belief that we already know;
The assumption that we are the smartest; and
The need to be right.
Sound familiar? If so, don’t worry. You’re not alone. Chism offers some great strategies to help shift your mindset so that you can truly become the “smartest.” Read her full article here and share it with your colleagues to create stronger learning environments within your nonprofit’s boardroom and staff meetings. You’ll enjoy your leadership work more, you’ll be better at it, and folks around you will finally recognize your true genius!