Learn From Others

Posted on 04. Dec, 2012 by in Lead From Within, Leadership, Life Skills, Personal Development, Relationships, Self Help, Teachable, Workplace


There’s no way to overestimate the importance of learning from the people around us.

When we’re open to learning from others, we benefit from their experience as well as our own and we can inherit their wisdom and knowledge.

Learning from others is not a passive process, but one that requires work and commitment on our part.

Research shows that we learn best from others when do certain things:

Exchange roles: Learning is a two-way street. Connecting and exchanging with key stakeholders around shared development challenges catalyzes considerable results.

Collaborate: When we realize we don’t have to acquire knowledge on our own. Collaboration and sharing make it twice as rich.

Find the smartest person in the room: Who’s the local expert on what we need to know? Who’s been in the department or organization the longest and has a long-term perspective? Who has the deepest well of experience for us to draw from?

Mix it up: Engage in multiple levels of learning. Hone your expertise in one area while you’re taking your first steps in another.

Build a support team: It can be hard to see for yourself how your work is paying off and where it might be falling short. Having a support team of trusted people allows you to get feedback and direction.

Read the past: Read and experience as much history, biography, and autobiography as you can. Learning the past leads us toward the future.

Invest in yourself: Take a risk and do something out of your comfort zone. It’s okay to fail. Its okay to take a chance. Start with small steps and build from there.

We learn when we read, what we hear, how we see, the way we discuss, and where we experience our lives.

Most of all we can learn from what we teach others. The purpose of learning is growth, and our hearts are eager for actualization.

Learning is a practice, not an event. Leadership and learning are invaluable to each other.

Make learning inspirational enough for us to dream more, learn more, do more and be more.

Lead From Within: There is a magnet in our heart that attracts growth. Allow the magnet to focus you— to learn from others and lead you deeper into inner growth.

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10 Responses to “Learn From Others”

  1. Chris Harrison

    05. Dec, 2012

    Great list, Lolly!
    I appreciate the post, the blog and the follow.

    Those last two, read the past and invest in yourself, are the unsung secrets. I hope to have them really sink in over 2013. What are the top 5 history, biography, and autobiographies you have read this year?

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    • lollydaskal

      06. Dec, 2012

      Dear Chris,

      I love that you call them the UNSUNG secrets …. the past and investing in yourself is key for development.

      I love the question you asked me about the books, history and autobiographies that I read…..
      I might just make into a blog post, there is a lot to choose from because I read a book a week.
      Stay tuned..
      Lolly

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  2. Steve Litt

    06. Dec, 2012

    As I read this, I thought how often the workplace is like the family. I am a marriage and family therapist and every suggestion you make here also applies to our love relationships. The one exception, kind of, is that in one are or another we are all the smartest person in the room, even the youngest child. Good post.

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  3. Henrieta Riesco

    07. Dec, 2012

    Great article! Very often, we fight to prove that our way is the right way, rejecting other opinions, approaches, and solutions. It’s important that we open ourselves (from within) to a possibility that there is another way of thinking, doing, or being.
    The good part is that we can choose what we want to learn from others and in my own life I simply follow what inspires me.

    Thanks for your ideas :-)

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  4. Ed

    11. Dec, 2012

    Thank you Lolly…I belong to a couple of organizations where I chair meetings on a regular basis. Your website is full of pearls of wisdom! I wish more and more leaders would lead from within.. We would have a better world.. (I know I know, I am a dreamer)

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    • lollydaskal

      11. Dec, 2012

      Help me spread the message of Lead from within, introduce it in every meeting, encounter, and colleague.
      You are NOT a dreamer

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  5. Ade Sobanjo

    12. Dec, 2012

    Yep.. I look forward to mixing things up and really tapping into the strengths of the people around me in 2013.

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