Ep 70. Whitney Johnson: Keep Everyone Learning
"When you're at the bottom of the learning curve be patient with yourself."
Whitney Johnson’s research and work in disruptive innovation helps individuals and corporations manage change. She is author of the critically acclaimed Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work and Dare, Dream Do: Remarkable Things Happen When You Dare to Dream. After Disrupt Yourself was published, she was recognized as one of the world's fifty most influential management thinkers by Thinkers50. Her new book, Build an 'A'-Team: Play To Their Strengths and Lead Them Up the Learning Curve, builds on her work and research with teams and disruption.
Whitney talks with Stew about climbing up the S-shaped learning curve and why it’s useful to have the right mix on your team at work: novices who are just learning and asking challenging questions, those in the the sweet spot who know what they’re doing and can take on more, and those who have mastered their roles. Whitney provides examples from work and from home (especially for parents), about how to be comfortable when you’re at the bottom of the curve and help people who have grown bored to disrupt themselves by starting afresh on a new curve. And they talk about how understanding the learning curve can help you at home, especially as a parent.