Do you know what you don't know?
When we find that we don't know something important, we're often motivated to learn more. However if we're blissfully unaware of our ignorance, there's little we can do about it.
One of the first steps on the journey to acquiring new skills is therefore to be aware of what you don't know. This discovery can be uncomfortable, as can be the experience of not being very good at what you're trying to do (as you won't be, when you first start to learn.)
The Conscious Competence Ladder is a popular and intuitive approach (attributed to many different possible originators) that helps us manage our own emotions during a sometimes dispiriting learning process. More than this, it helps us to be more in touch with the emotions of the people we are teaching, so we can better coach them through the learning process.
According to this approach,
"When I started using Mind Tools, I was not in a supervisory position. Now I am. Along with that came a 12% increase in salary." – Pat Degan, Houston, USA
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