Reader feedback to act on

It has taken a while to get rolling, but I am beginning to receive useful feedback from people I’ve contacted. It takes them a while to digest the book and share their thoughts. This is closer to the way I’d envisioned things working: incremental improvements based on reader suggestions.

Michele has an excellent point here: learning things of personal interest, esp. for those burned out by work. I’ve always focused on improving the bottom line and had my blinders on when it came to developing the whole person. Aha! needs to address this.

Hi Jay–thanks for the follow-up info. It was great talking with you and learning more about what you’re doing. 

One thing that’s been circling in my brain since our talk (and frankly for some time) is how we help people create spaces to connect to what really gets them excited and passionate. Although Aha! is focused on professional development and learning, I wonder if the net shouldn’t be cast a little wider since many people are completely exhausted and burnt out from their jobs and see no real connection to their personal strengths. They’ve lost any real curiosity about things, which to my mind is what can really drive the best, most motivated learning. 
I thought about this with the Learning Plan Template too–could it be organized in a way that first draws on people’s curiosity and care? Or at least starts to point them in the direction of becoming more curious? Even people who are into lifelong learning (I’m including myself here) can lose touch with that curious part of themselves. 
Related to this, I’m wondering if there doesn’t need to be a segment on being a better questioner. I find that people get super-focused on the answers without even being sure they’re asking the right questions. 
Just some thoughts. . . thanks again for a great discussion.
That’s an interesting issue, I think–maybe what makes it harder to tap into people’s desire to learn since we spend a lifetime having first school and then work tell us what we “should” be learning and how we should be learning it. Maybe something in the unlearning literature to include?
Additional suggestions from a UK thought leader:

I’d try to internationalize some of the examples. I think there’s one place where you say that Tony Robins and Zig Ziglar recommend writing down goals, another where you mention the scores you need for college, and so on. These examples may not resonate with non-US audiences

However, as I say, a really timely and useful book!

And more suggestions from a friend who is working on her PhD in a parallel area:

your mail made me laugh, as I understand some of the shared irritations and resulting thoughts 😀

At the moment I am in my last bit of vacation with an active 4 year old, so working/reading amidst chaos. Nevertheless, and relying heavily on one of the AHA remarks, this is okay as I can view it as a background noise which will ultimately reinforce multiple neurons and synaptic bridges *hope is alive*
I only glanced the plog on Boyatzis, but will come back to it next week (school starts! less noise!). But what immediately got me excited is the relation to the self, the real self, I like this. This self in relation to learning is also picked up in the Flow works by csikszentmihalyi , and the fact that he relates this type of learning (growing complexity, linked to self, linked to increased challenges) to reach happiness is worth linking to
And as I am not sure the feedback tool got this result to you, quick remention:

music tool to investigate which music enhances your focus and attention

And this one as potential link related to positive influence of walking in nature
And improving your learning by monitaring (biohacking) your mood/learning waves currently being gathered by Teemu Arina
and link to book he is writing
And I put my very preliminary comments in attach. Please do not feel offended by any wrong assumptions, as these comments were typed during a first (half) reading. I will read up the last version starting next week.
I am coming to Berlin, but only from Wednesday until early Saturday. Looking forward to seeing you and all !
More feedback soon
 Nine people have completed the survey. Only two of these have finished the book.
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Brainstorming with a new friend

I reached out to someone in a related field whose blog I’d read but hadn’t met F2F. We had a one-hour Skype session this morning and I’m brimming with ideas for follow up.

  • Host video conferences on Citrix
  • Enable people to choose learning buddies, much like the software the late Joe Miller was working on
  • Provide a clickable map to content areas
  • Break into pieces and perhaps issue badges
  • Set up a hub (Stacks) to connect groups, e.g. shared workspace hubs
  • Best prospects may be those who do not work for large companies, the contingent workforce and denizens of small companies. They have no career-building infrastructure at al
  • Position Aha! as a series of experiments.
  • Career resilience, strengthen relevance to career growth
  • Humanity always focused on the short term. Wake up cal
  • Chambers of Commerce, some now offering leadership courses

I need to do this more often. Who’s next?