Learning to Learn

In a world of continuous change and constant social innovation, learning has taken on a new meaning. Where it was once sufficient to be competent at the same job over a lifetime, we are now required to continually learn new skills, to adapt to people with widely different backgrounds, and to be flexible enough to change roles, job positions, and organizational directions. Learning over the course of our career has become a necessity, but even more critical is “learning how to learn.” Learning how to learn is one of the most powerful ways of dealing with the changes of today’s world. In this time of accelerated change learning to learn gives us a competitive advantage.

The Dance of Power

[from strategy+business; issue 49, Winter 2007] Is leadership an art or a science? The question has long been subject to debate. Which side you’re on probably determines whether or not you believe leadership can be taught. But for developing leaders who can respond to the challenges of today’s 24/7 business environment, perhaps the art-versus-science dichotomy is too theoretical to be of use.

A Warrior’s Way of Business: Petaluma-area institute draws clients from around the world to hone mental, physical skills based on Eastern traditions

[Published on March 14, 2001, © 2001, by The Press Democrat; BYLINE: RAYNE WOLFE] Among the dairies and sheep ranches west of Petaluma, something named Rancho Strozzi may sound like another farm. Far from it. The Rancho Strozzi Institute is run by a former Marine and martial arts expert whose blend of mental and physical training is sought after by corporate chieftains and military leaders alike.

White Collar, Black Belt: Some first-step exercises for putting Aikido tactics into practice

[From: Fast Company, Issue 03 June/July 1996, Page 146] Aikido teaches you not to resist force, but to harness it – a technique that can prove invaluable in dealing with change, maintaining a positive attitude, and connecting with other people. “Aikido helps people refocus and regain their balance,” says Richard Strozzi-Heckler, PhD a fifth-degree black belt. Strozzi-Heckler, cofounder of Tamilpias Aikido and Rancho Strozzi Institute in Petaluma, California, has initiated managers at AT&T, Cargill, American Express, and Bankers Trust in the way of Aikido. “By working with your body as well as your mind, you can learn how to better manage your reactions to stress and conflict.”