I am always curious to understand why people don’t want to learn to be the best they can be. I suppose I am curious by nature, but more importantly I love solving problems. The bigger and uglier, the better the rush! That’s what has pushed me to keep learning.
With a big blast of adrenalin, off I run to first understand the problem, and then run off again to find the best solution possible. Bold, brassy solutions that shift the status, none of this ‘pecking dirt with chickens’ material. If you are going to do something bold, invest all your energy in making a big difference.
It is these big hairy problems that have driven me to keep learning and building my skills sets. I haven’t waited for my company to pay for my ‘training’, I’ve sought people who are more clever than me and cornered them in conversation so that they may impart their knowledge and wisdom. I have also sought out training courses to do, that the company will pay for, so that I can develop new skills and apply them quickly to reinforce what I had learnt.
What frustrates me is when colleagues have not invested in their own development, and I have to become the teacher and guide while trying to problem solve at the same time. The worst is when they cling to outdated ways of working and then criticize me for not toeing the company line when the company CEO is telling us we need to modernize.
The best courses I have done have been ones where I have learnt in practical ways, using cognitive learning approaches. The benefits, outlined below, of cognitive learning have been well researched:
- Develops problem-solving skills
- Improves comprehension
- Improves confidence
- Improves long-term learning and instills a love of learning
So, the best way for us Enterprise Architects to learn is not just reading a book, or watching an online video, it’s through a workshop that allows you to practice. Thankfully with technology today, we can do these workshops virtually, allowing you to have a deep cognitive experience.
The fact that you have come to this site means that you have been curious, you are searching for knowledge and hopefully given that you are at the end of this article, you have learnt something new, or understood something better.
So tell us below, what are some of the best learning experiences you have had that have helped you on your journey to being a great Enterprise Architect!
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