Holistic Learning: Heart, Mind, Soul, and More

love the Lord your God with all your heartA Preliminary Proposal

This is PRELIMINARY. I am "in process" of designing the best way to say it. I have nuanced and adjusted this several times. This is my latest version. Take it, use it, change it, make it better - but above all - figure out how to be about the journey of adult learning and transformation using its approach.

I provide the part of our human makeup, and then suggest a few words that describe the kind of activities that engages that aspect of our being.

In part, I use the theme of loving God with heart, mind, soul, strength - as the stepping stone to knowing God with all your heart, mind, soul, strength...

10 Thoughts About TLCs (Transformative Learning Communities)

The Information Distribution Theory of Christianity doesn't work. That means most preaching doesn't work. Most teaching doesn't work. Most reading of most books doesn't work. Or if they work, they work inadequately, incompletely, superficially, and temporarily.

It doesn't work because it ignores the way Jesus used to bring about transformation.
It doesn't work because it misses core insights the Apostle Paul gives us about change.
It doesn't work because it doesn't understand the essential nature of our human makeup.
It doesn't work because it neglects the best methodologies for how adults learn and grow.

So here are a few introductory thoughts to renew your thinking.

The Pursuit of Wisdom: Words From the Wise

Bear with me for a minute... or if the next few ideas are too abstract, then just go to the quotes.

  • Meta-thinking is thinking about how to think.
  • Epistemology is the philosophy of knowing, which wants to know - how do we know?
  • Philosophy literally means, "the love of wisdom."
  • Theology is "the study of God" or the study of the things of God.

Wisdom is a major theme in the Bible. Tomorrow I will share a few thoughts about the Bible on wisdom. But today I simply wanted to show you that the world's great philosophers and religious founders are quite unanimous on the goodness of you and I pursuing wisdom. Some might even say that it is the pursuit of wisdom that is the way to happiness.

Leaders Think

While a recent focus has been Leaders Learn and Leaders Read... a corollary thought is that Leaders Think.

One List of Best Business and Productivity Books of 2015

Here is one list of the TEN BEST BUSINESS AND PRODUCTIVITY books of 2015.

As I read over the list, I have a big Uh-Oh!

Why was that? 

Because I had not read a single one of them!

Wow, there is so much stuff out there. In 2015, I will have read bout 50 books on leadership, and in that label I include works on business, and quite a few on personal productivity. 

How about you?

Are there any Best Books in these field that you highly recommend?

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International



Leaders Read and Leaders Read Different Books

Here are three great quotes on reading.
They speak quite loudly on their own, with no commentary needed from me.
Just action!

leaders are readers

the man who does not read, Mark Twain, illiteracy, aliteracy

Learning How to Learn

In a world that is constantly changing, there is no one subject or set of subjects that will serve you for the foreseeable future, let alone for the rest of your life. The most important skill to acquire now is learning how to learn.  John Naisbitt

Even though I posted on life long learning last week, I am doing it again this week. It is a core value. It is a best practice. It is THE ESSENTIAL COMMITMENT leaders must have.

Leaders are learners.
It is those who learn, who will be able to lead.

Foolish, confused, out-of-date, behind the times, under-informed, or mis-informed is what happens when leaders don't learn, or minimally learn.

8 Things I Learned From the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

covey, 7 habits, leadership

This book came out in 1989 and I read it in 1990 or 1991. Now it has sold over 25 million copies and been translated into 38 languages. Even though I first read this book 25 years ago, I remember a few things about how it shaped me.

1.  The market was not yet saturated with books like this. It was a genuine standout book. Get into the "market" early and be an influencer. Covey did that. 

2.  I learned the power of a short list of memorable ideas. Covey had 7 of them, each one loaded with transformative potential. While Covey took careful and significant time to explain each idea, the TAG LINE made them powerful. You don't use what you don't think about. You don't think about what you can't remember.

Five Things You Need, to Learn From the Wisdom of Others

some wisdom must thou learn from one who i wise, Euripides quote

Some wisdom must thou learn from one who is wise. Euripides

The need for mentors is well known. Yet, I am still surprised at how many leaders do not have mentors. Maybe I shouldn't be surprised, for there are a few conditions that must be in place for a mentoring relationship to happen.

Leaders are Learners: Three Motivational Lessons From Warren Bennis

Life Long Learning, Note 06

What is great about this post (for me) is that Warren Bennis was one of those early and sustained sources of learning. He guided me in my own learning about leadership and my work at being a leader. I would read what he said, and I would try it out. I would engage with his most inspiring ideas and I would seek to put them into practice. Warren Bennis helped me understand that leaders are learners and that great leaders are great at learning. Here are three thoughts and some commentary about them.

Warren Bennis quote, taking charge of your learningONE:
Leaders learn by taking charge of their learning.


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