So far we have discussed three interesting topics in which we discovered who we are, what aspects we want to develop further, what our definition of success is and what skills for success are. These valuable things we have, in my opinion, mainly thanks to our learning from experience. So, what is the concept of experience learning?
Dr Peter Honey (1993) said that "learning to cope is only a fraction of what is involved in learning from experience. What about learning how to change things for the better, rather than merely learning to adapt to the way things are now. Learning to cope is a recipe for complacency. Learning from experience is a recipe for continuous improvement". Therefore experience learning is a learning approach which fosters us in critical thinking, problem solving and decision making something relevant to us to strengthen our knowledge and skills through feedback, reflection and utilisation these knowledge and skills in our career and life as well.
According to Dr Peter Honey (1993), the process of experience learning includes four stages. The first stage is having an experience. This stage requires us to be willing to get involved in experience. The more experience we have, the more we can learn from it. The second is reviewing the experience. In this period, we need to form a habit of spending our time to look back over what happened during our experience without making any judgement on it. Next is concluding from the experience. The raw material from the review should be scanned to expose lessons. Finally, in the stage of planning the next steps, we transform the conclusions into an action form which can be used at necessity. Below is the figure of experience learning cycle:
As required, following are my two development areas that I intend to focus on for my assignment. They are:
1) Key skills for an efficient manager
2) Breadth of vision and experience