I came across an excellent article by Bill Taylor in the Harvard Business Review, HBR Blog Network. If you haven’t discovered this blog yet, you might want to check it out. It’s a great source of information and inspiration for designers thinking about workplace learning and performance improvement (and, of course, the two are intimately connected).
In his article, Taylor describes three habits of mind that turn leaders into learners. Substitute the word “instructional designer” for the word “leader” and I think you also have three habits that can help us up our game in our own profession.
- Always be on the lookout for new sources of information
- Stuck for new ideas? Check out old ideas in unrelated fields.
- Tap into diverse human resources for inspiration— people at all levels of an organization (and in different fields) have something to teach you
So with this in mind, my next posts are going to be about lessons from other fields that can help us as instructional designers.