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Why experiential learning is more important than sleeping with your smartphone

In Active Learning, Aikido, High Tech, High Touch, Leave Your Comfort Zone on October 11, 2016 at 6:04 pm

On the topics of Know-How, Technology, and Tribal Knowledge

by John Lesko

 

Know-how is a term for practical knowledge on how to accomplish something, as opposed to “know-what” (facts), “know-why” (science), or “know-who” (communication). Know-how is often tacit knowledge, which means that it is difficult to transfer to another person by means of writing it down or verbalizing it. (Source: Wikipedia)

Know-how is a term for practical knowledge on how to accomplish something, as opposed to “know-what” (facts), “know-why” (science), or “know-who” (communication). Know-how is often tacit knowledge, which means that it is difficult to transfer to another person by means of writing it down or verbalizing it. (Source: Wikipedia)

If I tell you how to tie a figure 8 with a back-up knot, there’s a good chance it will take a long time for you to get it right. If I show you how, the odds for success improve. And if we practice tying knots together — before you know it — you’ll soon be dressing that knot and either climbing or belaying with confidence in your equipment.

 

Technology ("science of craft", from Greek τέχνη, techne, "art, skill, cunning of hand"; and -λογία, -logia[3]) is the collection of techniques, skills, methods and processes used in the production of goods or services or in the accomplishment of objectives, such as scientific investigation. Technology can be the knowledge of techniques, processes, etc. or it can be embedded in machines, computers, devices and factories, which can be operated by individuals without detailed knowledge of the workings of such things. (Source: Wikipedia)

Technology (“science of craft”, from Greek τέχνη, techne, “art, skill, cunning of hand”; and -λογία, -logia[3]) is the collection of techniques, skills, methods and processes used in the production of goods or services or in the accomplishment of objectives, such as scientific investigation. Technology can be the knowledge of techniques, processes, etc. or it can be embedded in machines, computers, devices and factories, which can be operated by individuals without detailed knowledge of the workings of such things. (Source: Wikipedia)

What are the 5 keys to mastery according to Sensei George Leonard?

  1. Seek Instruction
  2. Practice, Practice, Practice
  3. Surrender to the Discipline
  4. Work the Mental Game
  5. Push The Edge

 

 

If you aspire to master an art or trade, consider studying the technology of learning. Apply the above listed five keys to mastery and soon others will seek your counsel and insight.

Tribal knowledge is any information or knowledge that is known within a tribe but often unknown outside of it. A tribe may be a group or subgroup of people that share a common knowledge. With a corporate perspective, "Tribal Knowledge or know-how is the collective wisdom of the organization. It is the sum of all the knowledge and capabilities of all the people.” (Source: Wikipedia)

Tribal knowledge is any information or knowledge that is known within a tribe but often unknown outside of it. A tribe may be a group or subgroup of people that share a common knowledge. With a corporate perspective, “Tribal Knowledge or know-how is the collective wisdom of the organization. It is the sum of all the knowledge and capabilities of all the people.” (Source: Wikipedia)

Where do you find opportunities to practice? How can you optimize your learning? Seek out others who have studied what it is you’d like to learn. Then join their dojo. Become a member of their “tribe.”

 

Now as for spending your time on-line, visiting and/or living in a virtual world …

Ask yourself which you enjoy better: sharing a hug & kiss in real life or pretending while wearing goggles and staring at a screen. Which experience allows you to break a sweat and get your hands dirty?
To live a better life, you must experience it. Think outside the box. Put down that smartphone or tablet, turn off your computer. Think outside — no box or batteries required. Bye for now …

 

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Note: This art is a father-daughter collaboration. The original, numbered print is by Kelsey Lesko. Placing it in an inexpensive frame w/ the John Muir quote is my idea.

 

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The 3rd Way – Redux

In Active Learning, Active Listening, Aikido, Coaching, Communication, Conflict Resolution, leadership, Toastmasters on January 31, 2016 at 12:13 am

(Thank You) x 3 … It was a pleasure to participate in District 27’s Executive Committee meeting held on January  31, 2016.

As promised …

Here’s the “soft-copy” of the one-page handout we used during our 20-minute educational session. A PDF-version can be found here –> The 3rd Way Redux

There's always more than one way to resolve conflict.

There’s always more than one way to resolve conflict.

And here are a few other references for those who wish to take a “deeper dive” into the topic of conflict resolution:

Primary Sources:
* Appreciative Inquiry … various books and authors
* Emotional Intelligence … various books and authors
* Crucial Conversations by Kerry Patterson, et. al.
* The Skilled Facilitator by Roger Schwarz
* “Resolving Conflict.” A manual from the Excellence in Leadership Series by Toastmasters International — NOTE: The 10-slides from this manual and training program are found here for your review and use. Follow this link –> 321CD_ResolvingConflict

Secondary Sources:
* The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
* The 8th Habit by Stephen Covey
* The Abilene Paradox by Jerry Harvey
* How Come Every Time I Get Stabbed in the Back My Fingerprints Are on the Knife? (also) by Jerry Harvey
* Mastery by George Leonard
* The Secret Teachings of Aikido by Morihei Ueshiba

 

 

Keep Calm and Fight Like a Girl!

In Aikido, Conflict Resolution, Leave Your Comfort Zone on August 5, 2014 at 6:15 pm

Stay Calm and Fight Like a Girl
We started with an “awareness walk,” practiced our very best “attract attention: KIAIs!,” and then wrapped up with wrist turns and “atemi” (strikes to the face and/or foot stomps). Of course the best defense is always simple to avoid the attack. Earlier today, Global Academy co-founder and Leadership Coach, John Lesko, shared a few self-defense pointers with some extraordinary young ladies enrolled in a “girls only” adventure camp in Triangle, Virginia.

The 3rd Way

In Active Learning, Aikido, Cartooning, Conflict Resolution, How To, leadership, Toastmasters on June 22, 2014 at 4:37 pm

Here are the handouts I promised …

One page summary of my “doodles” … The 3rd Way

One page list of “thorny situations” … Thorny_Problems

Copy of the slide deck I never used but said that I’d share from the 2-hour workshop on CONFLICT RESOLUTION give to the Mid-Atlantic Facilitators Network a few years ago that contains more detail as well as a helpful bibliography … Conflict Resolution-MAFN OnLine-Feb10

For those who still need to attend training, more information can be found at …
http://www.d29tm.org/education-training/TLI—Leadership-Institute

Sumo = Force on Force ... Aikido = Going with the flow

Sumo = Force on Force … Aikido = Going with the flow

We can fight, flee, or go w/ the flow. This illustration depicts the 3rd way to resolve conflict.

We can fight, flee, or go w/ the flow. This illustration depicts the 3rd way to resolve conflict.

Make time to clean, mend, and iron out life’s small problems

In Aha!, Aikido, Alignment, elbow grease, High Touch, sharpen the saw, time management on April 29, 2014 at 5:43 pm

The rain allows time
for mending, ironing, and
following the way.

It's time to mend this old gi and find again the pleats in this hakama.

It’s time to mend this old gi and find again the pleats in this hakama.

Cleaned, pressed, and folded as best I can remember how.

Cleaned, pressed, and folded as best I can remember how.

First we crawl, walk, run.

In Aikido, Alignment, Leave Your Comfort Zone on April 13, 2014 at 10:58 pm

First we crawl, walk, run.
Then come kata, waza, do.
Aikido unites.

... a new project for the new year. Hope to see you on the mat.

… a new project for the new year. Hope to see you on the mat.

Learn Aikido

In Aikido, Leave Your Comfort Zone, sharpen the saw on January 18, 2014 at 5:19 pm
... a new project for the new year. Hope to see you on the mat.

… a new project for the new year. Hope to see you on the mat.

GMU Aikikai Poster = PDF version of this poster.

What would you do?

In Active Learning, Aikido, Confidence Course Facilitator, facilitation skills, leadership, Leave Your Comfort Zone, What would YOU do on September 21, 2013 at 5:20 pm
What would you do if faced with an attacker armed with a knife?

What would you do if faced with an attacker armed with a knife or gun?

Last week I found myself facilitating a number of 1 hour, 50 minute experiential learning workshops as a part of the George Mason University 100 course. These sessions — affectionately referred to as our “EDGE on Wheels” program — were held on the lawn between Mason Hall and the Pond. We were blessed with beautiful weather and hundreds of first year students passed through our program working on what some might call “life skills.”

There are 13 competencies covered in the University 100 program. Here are seven (the other six deal specifically with academic integrity or knowledge & use of university services):

– to critically evaluate information both in and out of the classroom in order to make valid, sound decisions on your own
– becoming responsible and involved members of the community
– to be safe
– to be healthy, both physically and mentally
– living, working, and learning respectfully with people of diverse backgrounds and beliefs
– to feel comfortable and safe in your environment
– to increase self-awareness.

So why share this list here on this blog?

Well, in light of the fact that we within the greater DC metro area were affected by the mass shootings at the Washington Navy Yard -and- I am also leading this weekend’s aikido classes; pause for a moment to ask yourself “How would you react to a true life-or-death situation?”

Are you capable of making potentially life-saving decisions with but a moment’s notice?

Just how fit, physically and mentally, are you?

Are you comfortable with being uncomfortable?

Have you learned how to quickly center yourself or take a team breath and then deal with life’s crazy challenges?