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Monday, 3 December 2012

The importance of unlearning

Frustratingly I did not get to blog this weekend as I would have liked. So to be going on with here is a quote from a book recommended by my friend Mark Lawrence. It is a book on leadership by Frank Barrett and it's called Yes to the Mess: Surprising Leadership Lessons from Jazz;
'Often the first step to gaining the new insight necessary for innovation is to unlearn. There is a human tendency, especially in established organizations, to rely upon well-worn routines and familiar rules. Over time, the way things are usually done becomes sacred and unquestioned. These routines are blocks to learning.'
This has been true for us on our journey. It has  not been about abandoning fundamental truths but has involved important shifts in perspective and understanding that can be challenging. But such 'unlearning' is essential if we are going to be pilgrims ready to move into new land, rather than settlers who make the safe and familiar sacred.

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