I ran a business school for over 20 years of my life. Interestingly, at the business school, as the name suggests, we taught students business and leadership. There was an underlying presumption in the teaching of business and leadership – that learning happens in the head; and that it happens intellectually.
While the above may be very important, it certainly is not complete. Learning begins with the understanding of the concept, but mere understanding of concepts is of limited or of no value to an individual. The real value of any leadership concept is in the practice of that concept.
For the sake of what do we need to practice?
Practice shifts embodiment. To embody something means that the electro-chemical pathways of the brain and the nervous system are modified.
Imagine learning the following skills by only reading books about these skills, and by attending seminars on these skills. Will the person get skilled?
- Cycling, Basketball (or any other sport)
- Information Technology
- Music, painting (or any other art form)
- Speaking in front of a large audience
- Speaking a new language
- And so forth
Can we draw a cartoon where a cartoon is reading a book “Master driving in 14 days”, and another cartoon asks the first “What are you doing” – the first cartoon says “learning to drive”.
The above skills cannot be learnt only intellectually, and need to be practiced to gain a level of mastery. Similarly, declaring breakdowns is a skill that you can learn only through practice. To achieve a level of skill at any practice is to make that automatic, habitual, and effective even in chaotic situations.
All the 6-Steps elucidated in this book are practices and not concepts. The more you practice, the more you learn, and gain mastery. The unfortunate part of the way our education has been designed is to teach concepts, but not practices. I declare a breakdown here. The future I am creating is that the new generations will learn that mastery can be gained through practice, and not only through intellectual understanding.
What practice are you going to undertake today?
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