Many people think they can learn by reading or watching. They have no idea how much they miss by not being part of an interactive learning experience. The advanced strategy program I attended recently at Harvard made me realize something amazing.
By interacting for 6 days with an intelligent group of 60+ senior business executives with diverse background and having no day-to-day or any fire-fighting issues on my mind, I noticed my brain started functioning at a different level.
Harvard is famous for case study method. During six days we discussed and analyzed many amazing success stories from the top world class companies. The discussion and debates were guided and facilitated by the two legendary strategy professors, Dr. Kaplan and Dr. Simons.
What I realized that the learning was not from the contents only; experience was a big part. The way the ideas were discussed and the alternatives brainstormed, it triggered and activated my strategic thinking that usually does not take place on a normal busy day.
My Harvard takeaways I shared with you in my previous blogs were not provided in class notes or lectures but an outcome of the strategic thinking triggered by interactive discussion and exchange of thought provoking ideas with intelligent people.
Experts say we use only 10% of our brain. Remaining in the same environment (i.e. our workplace) and dealing with the same people 8-10 hours a day on a regular basis makes our mind stale.
To sharpen your strategic thinking, you must find regular intervals to interact with people with higher level of intelligence and wisdom in a learning environment. You will be amazed by the untapped capacity and creativity of your brain.