edu180atl: jason guggenheim 1.25.12
Insight often comes in unexpected packages: we all strive to be the best we can be, whether as parents, spouses, friends or professionals. As a management consultant, I am trained to solve complex problems, push the proverbial envelope of ideas, and do this day-in and day-out surrounded by smart and talented people. So I guess one could say I am learning all the time, challenging conventional wisdom.
Yet the challenge of this short blog made me question the source of some of my most insightful learnings. What I realized was that they flow not from my profession, but from my children. Too often the art of conversation with our children is replaced by other more efficient, yet less rich modes of communication; emails, texts and instant messages as examples. However, when we take the time to talk, quietly, I am dumbfounded by their innocent absorption of ideas, concepts and imagery, and their ability to ask me questions, and give me answers that truly amaze me. So, when I am in the mood to truly learn, I don’t necessarily rely on fully grown individuals, or even the tremendous Wikipedia, I take time with the ever questioning children in my life and try get a glimpse of the world through their eyes. I am never disappointed by what I learn.
About the author: Jason Guggenheim; husband, father of 3, management consultant…continuously working to keep these in the right order.