When it comes to learning, I typically prefer to read longer, more substantial works. In other words - give me a good book and I am happy. I have learned how to do deep reading so i truly maximize the time I spend in the book. Right now I am working through:

Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power by Andy Crouch
Formed for the Glory of God: Learning From the Spiritual Practices of Jonathan Edwards by Kyle Strobel
Christian Mysticism by William Ralph Inge (The Oxford Lectures of 1918)
The Conferences by John Cassian (written about 400 AD, advice to the monastic communities)

I have another "style" of learning I use on a regular basis. I call it Micro Learning.
It is Micro because I am only going to spend a few minutes (5-10) engaging the material. To do this, I have a dozen or so of my favorite blogs and websites where I find informative, nurturing and challenging ideas. So, for example, one day I spent some time in Micro Learning, working through short articles with these titles:

  • How to Give a Great Webinar
  • CoolHunting For the World's Thought Leaders (fascinating by the way)
  • Do Your Employees really Love You?
  • Want to Conquer a New Skill? Do It Every Day
  • Averting the Microsoft Mistake
  • Why Treating Life as an Experiment Helps You Make Faster Decisions
  • How to Find Information in the Age of Information Overload

They were all short (CoolHunting was longer). It took me about an hour to work through these articles . . . but the intellectual stimulation was really meaningful. Eight articles. More than eight lessons learned and inspiration gained.

I will watch a few teaching videos on a weekly basis, but in most cases, they are shorter. 10-12 minutes and it is starting to feel long for me. I want videos that give me "bursts of ideas and insight." Even the TED talks can become a little long for this Micro-Learning. The fact that you are reading this blog, you are engaged in Micro Learning.  While I read a number of things right on the computer screen, I will also skim through posts and articles. If I see something I like, I prefer to print it out and read it off the printed page. (I have my reasons for that which I wont' mention here.)

Here is what is cool about Micro Learning.  Do this over and over, and lots of Micro Learning adds up to MAJOR Learning. Make this week the start of more intentional Micro-Learning.

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International

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