Recently, Petra Coach presented a webinar, “Learning: The #1 Meta-Habit for You, Your Organization and Your Team” with McKeel Hagerty.

If you’re a business leader, this information is crucial to sharpening your skills and growing as a leader and team member.

You can find the full recording here.

To augment the recording, we noted takeaways and tips from the presentation.

Top Takeaways


  • Volatile
  • Uncertain
  • Complex
  • Ambiguous

A.K.A. The reality of the world right now



When: Morning and evening

What: Write a topic down to journal about

  • Morning about a topic – when you have a clear head
  • Evening is more like a diary and what happened that day

Questions for Journaling:

  • What accelerations have I observed?
  • How have I reset what is necessary in my life?
  • How have my values been challenged or reinforced?
  • What feedback is the world giving me about my choices?
  • What are the major lessons of 2020?

Learning is what you do for yourself. Education is done for you.

Your brain is wired for survival

  • i.e. Pattern recognition, seeing threats, continuation of the species, pleasure seeking

The brain of a leader has all of the same things, it’s just applied to more people

The Ultimate Metta Skills

  1. Fostering curiosity and learning
  2. Executive function – discerning and deciding
  3. Communication – giving context/storytelling
  4. Relationship/network building

Fostering Curiosity:

  • Open to ideas
  • Emotional Flexibility

Leadership Discernment:

  • Reliable perspective
  • Wise judgement

Questions for Journaling:

  • How would someone describe my ability to make wise judgements?
  • How aware am I of my biases and reflexive responses?
  • How do I best communicate?
  • How do I discuss principles and values with others?
  • How do I build trust?


Learning Hacks

Think of your mind like a swiss army knife – If you only use one tool, that’s all you’re going to get

The mind is also like a sieve – ideas just pour right through it

Memory is reinforced by meaning

The Rational Optimist – Matt Ridley

We benefit from the knowledge of others without having to learn it ourselves

The Leaders’ Learning Goal

Functional, high-level performance

  1. Choose things you care about
  2. Learn to love practice
  3. Deliberate practice
  4. Talents are not innate
  5. Field with proven performers and track record of achievement
  6. Finding a coach or teacher for high-quality feedback
  7. Finding super learners

Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise – Anders Ericsson & Robert Pool

Learning to love practice – Everyone who performs at a high-level practices more than you think

  • i.e. Steph Curry or Eddie Van Halen

Once you master it, it’s going to get boring and you need to work through that


The Gifts of Peak Performance

  • Adaptability
  • Neuroplasticity
  • Mental representations
  • Creativity

Reading Recommendations

Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions when you don’t have all the facts – Annie Duke

  • Separate decision making from the outcomes, it sets you free
  • We’re always thinking in bets

Thinking Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman

  • Two ways of thinking – quick and slow
  • When our minds plays tricks on us, we have to train our mind to make decisions
  • Learning to explain our thinking
  • Explaining the thought behind your decision

Ultralearning – Scott Young

  • Filled with learning hacks

The Science of Rapid Skill Acquisition – Peter Hollins

The Self-Learning Blueprint – Peter Hollins

  • Make a plan of how to learn something


The Learning Plan

Download your Learning Plan Worksheets HERE.

Before You Begin

  1. Choose a subject you are naturally curious about
  2. Draw a ‘map’
    • Example: You’re not becoming a concert pianist, choose a song that you want to perfect. Do you need to buy a piano? Do you need to learn how to read music? Carve out time in your day when you will actively work on this.
  3. Develop a deliberate learning practice
    • Carve out time in your day when you will actively work on this
  4. Know your learning hacks
    • What are the tools you use?
    • Examples: The Great Courses, Evernote, Audible, Apple Podcasts, Blinkist, Get Abstract

Pomodoro Method: 25 minute brain blocks, separated by short breaks

  • Once you’ve done this, synthesize and self-test

Identify and connect with guides and coaches

Learning is the skill that we all need – especially in these VUCA times


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