The Knowing-Doing Gap

There's a good chance that this is not the only article related to personal growth that you've read this week (some would be upset, but I forgive your promiscuity).

And no doubt over the last few months, you have read many articles, and maybe even watched a few videos (who can resist TED Talks?).

And that's to be admired. 

But the critical question is: what have you done with the knowledge that you have gained?

What behaviours, thinking processes and emotional reactions have you changed? Have you introduced more effective habits and processes?

If you don't apply your insights, what is the point?

You might as well watch re-runs of Family Guy or Friends rather than listen to Julian Treasure explaining 'How to Speak so that People Want to Listen'.

It's easy to fool ourselves that by reading articles and watching videos, we're investing in our personal growth. But personal growth is an active rather than a passive activity.

One of the fundamental principles in The Edge Program is that change, growth, requires Focus, Intensity, Reflection and Energy (FIRE) – otherwise, you're just entertaining yourself (not that there is anything wrong with that, as long as you're not hoping for more).  

So, next time you read an article or watch a video, pause at the end and before you move on, ask yourself – what will I DO differently?

And then Do something related, immediately, however small.


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A typical face-to-face training session consists of a presentation by a facilitator, followed immediately by an activity to apply the learning. There is little time for reflection or deeper analysis and, as a result, activities intended to deepen learning, like role plays, tend to be superficial. There’s a quick debrief and then on to the next topic. No chance to go away and experiment in the real world in situations where there is something at stake. At the end of the training day, you’re exhausted and any learning from earlier in the day is rapidly fading.

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And then, when you return to work, you have to catch-up on all the stuff that accumulated while you were away. Often, you don’t even try to apply your learning – you’re too busy getting stuff done and within days the training is a fuzzy blur.

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