Consider four states of knowledge: What I know, what I don’t know; what the world knows, what the world does not know. Better yet organize these states, or categories, if you will in a matrix:
There are many examples of the knowledge that fits in each cell. I know and the world knows that London is a city in England, which fits the blue cell. A grey cell item is that I don’t know how to make Yorkshire pudding but the process is known in the world (and Mmmm boy do I enjoy the results of that knowledge!) I know the photograph that is in my jewelry box but that photo is unknown to the world. Even the cleaning lady doesn’t know because the dust remains undisturbed on the jewelry box no matter how many times she comes to the house. That is a yellow cell item. A purple cell item is illustrated by the truth that neither I, nor the world, knows what happened to the dinosaurs; nor is it known what the world economy will be in 2023 (or next week, for that matter).
For all individuals who choose to be better, life is about adding volume to the blue cell and diminishing the grey cell. (For another article, it will be worthwhile to consider what ought to be happening to the yellow cell for those who choose a meaningful life.) Better? Any kind of better. An improved skill, greater understanding, and increased fluency are a few of many examples of better.
How does one increase the blue cell volume and, implicitly, decrease the grey? Each individual must accomplish this. Reading, listening, practicing (if one is learning a skill), collecting data and writing are commonly used to assist in accomplishing this transfer. It is an individual action, which can not be done by someone else in behalf of the individual. Having a teacher, a mentor or a consultant, will make the transfer more efficient, but there is no escaping the personal responsibility that this movement requires..
The more elusive transfer is the movement from the purple cell (known not to me nor is it known to the world )to blue or yellow! This transfer is a leap that utilizes imagination, creativity, insight, contemplation or, by any name you choose, reflection. In the learned disciplines, this is where the fine arts, theology, physics and mathematics (not arithmetic) make their claim to significance. The previously unknown, revealed! Will a teacher, mentor, or a consultant make this leap more efficient? No! Each of these roles, by definition, work from what is known so, efficiency in the leap from unknown to known is not a value add by these roles.
Reflection is more efficient when one is coached. A coach makes this leap more doable. A coach knows that the athlete/artist/scientist/leader/Godchild has brilliance within him that exceeds anything that the coach knows and therefore, supports her in its reveal. A coach supports a learner in bringing what is within and sharing it with others. A teacher, mentor, and consultant provide examples of what is known and what worked previously. These roles make other’s experience available to the learner so it can be taken in. Many times that is better than what the learner is currently doing, but it is bound by prior knowledge. The Nobel prizes in the learned disciplines honors those who have made the purple to blue leap from unknown to known. Leadership awards honor those who take groups (teams, organizations, businesses) from unknown results to success. In the acceptance speeches, one will learn the names of those who coached; those who so loved the greater good that the leap by another was accomplished.
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