You experience style with your senses. You see it. You taste it. You feel it. You hear it.
Learning happens through all of the senses. Learning takes place in experience.
A theory of learning proposed by psychologist David Kolb was given the name experiential learning. It is defined as “the process whereby knowledge is created through the transformation of experience. Knowledge results from the combinations of grasping and transforming experience.”
Kolb identified more clearly what learners have always known intuitively. Experience blends thought processes with actions with interactions with environment to make impressions. Learning takes place in experience.
Therefore, style makes a difference. Style delivers distinctive experiences.
Style matters because it always makes an impression.
We’ve got to be aware of our style, even intentional about our style because it is always making an impression on the people we serve.
Whether leading, managing, parenting, caregiving, acting or painting… our style makes an impression.
At Relationship Inspired, we take style seriously because we know how powerfully it affects the unique learners that we serve. We clearly identify 4 style characteristics that we intentionally weave into our learning environments. We know they’ll make an impact often more deeply than the content we deliver. At Relationship Inspired, we are:
Curious - Before any content is served, curiosity must be stoked. Belittling curiosity would be like throwing more logs on a fire unlit. Nobel Prize winner Aaron Klug puts it powerfully, “Human curiosity, the urge to know, is a powerful force and is perhaps the best secret weapon of all in the struggle to unravel the workings of the natural world.” Sir Ken Robinson also says it well, “Imagination is the source of all human achievement.”
Enthusiastic - It’s our responsibility to bring energy to our learning environment. Enthusiasm is about producing energy, interest, and, ultimately, enjoyment. Learning that lasts is learning that is enjoyed. We’ll take Norman Vincent Peale’s lead, “If you have zest and enthusiasm you attract zest and enthusiasm. Life does give back in kind.”
Innovative - Why would we want to look at the same content from the same perspective, over and over again? We’re no Einsteins, but… “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” - Albert Einstein. It’s our duty to ask new questions and find different vantage points, so that we can experience fresh innovation together. It’s exciting.
Engaging - We must learn together. Discoveries that change the course of history rarely happen alone. At Relationship Inspired, we are passionate about, well, being inspired in the context of great relationships. We can’t wait to grow alongside remarkable people. Our learning environments will always reflect that.
That’s our style: Curious, enthusiastic, innovative, and engaging!
We’re convinced style makes a difference because it leaves the lasting impression.
What kind of impression do you want to make on those you take responsibility for?
What’s your style?