Montessori for the Workplace
As individual professionals we have got to keep up with new skills and knowledge. The more we are ambitious the more we need to learn and develop. When done right we secure a job, a profitable business or a satisfactory career. So, it makes sense to make the right choices. Let’s have a look at what makes learning effective.
My kids primary school was based upon Montessori Principles. Some of the Montessori Principles go well with workplace learning. Children start up their topics when they feel to do so. So if they are not ready to learn reading today, than they may read tomorrow. And mind you: They will learn! But at the time they are ready for it: and then they only need approximately 50% of time and effort compared to the Have-To-Now method. We adults are like that: we can improve our learning efficiency and effectivity by approximately 50% if we pick up when we Learn-Ready and Self-Directed.
Learning 1 year-value in 6 weeks
A friend of mine had to learn a foreign language for business. He did the equivalent of 1 year high school in 6 weeks 1 day a week – and probably more. How did he do that? Actually, he was very driven. Where did the drive come from:
- “I want to”, because I am curious, and I want to speak and understand other people
- “I have to”, because in 2 months I will arrive in that country and if I don’t know by then…
- “I co-decided on priorities”. He first wanted to learn basic conversations in public places, then focus on grammar, then focus on business language.
- “I co-decided on the ways of learning”. He wanted short-cycles of topics and then practice, a lot of practice. And that’s what the provider delivered.
After 6 weeks he spoke an incredible level of foreign language.
Enjoy your learning and remember: “Ready when you are”.