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Learning is never easy. In this world of possibilities, there’s a lot to learn – so much that you could learn something new each day. There is another fact about learning – it rarely compliments fun. Of the myriad sessions we have had about continuous learning, this week’s session was of a different genre and was filled with fun. It tested us a lot, but we came out winners.
This week’s session was led by Vivek. It was an impromptu activity for him (this week, we had no suggestions for our session). In just 10 minutes he had gone from the storyboard that was etched in his mind to executing the session. I say etched in his mind because the inspiration for the activity came from a TEDx show he watched a few weeks ago. I also love it that Vivek emphasizes his goal to have a continuous learning session for the team.
For Vivek, the idea behind this session was purely continuous learning. Especially, because we have always maintained that it doesn’t have to be work-related learning. Vivek feels that acquire new knowledge and skills is the ambrosia that keeps us young.
Today’s activity was something that Vivek had tried out earlier. The TEDx talk showed how easy it was draw cartoons. The process involved 6 steps that broke or rather simplified the difficult process of drawing a cartoon. These steps were how you broke up the drawing into parts:
We persevered and improved. We simplified the process by breaking it into parts and then working on it. Well, Rome was not built in a day, but we managed quite beautifully. We learned how to draw cartoons. We also learned that with one step at a time – we could climb the entire mountain of complexity. Hear it in the team’s words:
Bhushan: This activity taught us that everything becomes simple if you push the limits. For someone who did not know how to draw a cartoon, this simple lesson taught me a lot about drawing cartoons.
Bhanu: I never drew anything so easily.
Avinash: The best lesson was the way Vivek did everything from choosing the topic to executive the activity – sometimes we need to be dynamically ready for everything.
Jahir: This activity was very different from the earlier ones. If the teacher is good, we can learn very well. We should build up a base.
Yogita: Took me back to schooldays. Best thing – everyone could do it and it fits in with our culture – if something is complex, there is something wrong with us. Sometimes, a simpler technique works to release stress.
Loved Vivek’s teaching about how cartoons are a way to spend boring meetings.
Rajlaxmi: Sometimes, we look at something and feel that we cannot do it but a good mentor always shows us a simpler way to make things learn. A great activity to de-srtess.
Prajakta: The lesson was the way Vivek planned and executed the activity in just 10 minutes
Heena: A nice session that took us back to school days. Complex things need simple solutions.
Monali: It is great to go from basic and achieve in smaller iterations. Never liked drawing go from basic and then you can achievements in smaller iterations. Hate drawing in
Blessy: I was reminded of my college days when my classmates used to draw cartoons ton beat the boredom of lectures. Breaking a seemingly complex thing makes it easier.
Sayli: Breaking anything complex into steps really makes it easy.
Shubham: My learning is how you look at a situation – the simple your outlook the simpler it turns out for you.
Sakshi: Practice makes a man perfect and everyone improved as they practiced.
Laxmi: I always used to tell my son to break up a long answer into parts to learn it. Never thought that the secret could be applied everywhere.
Pritam: Every time we stare at a difficult problem we may underestimate ourselves. It becomes easier to start with the basics first and finish the entire thing later on.
Humza: I could relate it to my work as I started as a fresher and every day we brainstorm the protocol I should follow with my work.
It was one great activity where we actually our culture of simplifying complexity. Thank you, Vivek, for this awesome session!