Wales beat Samoa by seven points in the Rugby World Cup. Ireland gave Australia a nine point drubbing. Wales, Ireland, Australia, and the All Blacks – these teams are all considered top of their field. They’ve done the hard yards and know what it takes to be at the top
I’d also wager that these players never take their top ranking for granted and know they must continually strive to improve and learn from past performances to stay top of their game. A good example of this is the quarter finals game against France in the last Rugby World Cup. Many hard lessons were learnt that day.
Just like in our own careers, many of us have prepared ourselves for our working lives by going to school, maybe on to University and into our chosen profession. For some the learning stops here, however the wise amongst us have always known that we never stop learning, but it has taken a long time to apply that philosophy to our professional lives.
Now, there are moves to change the medical school curriculum so that the emphasis is on lifelong learning, developing clinicians as leaders and teachers. Head of the South Auckland Clinical School, Professor Andrew Hill, says it used to be assumed that doctors would be lifelong learners, but this hasn’t proved to be the case.
Now the emphasis will be on deep learning to gain knowledge that lasts. Education doesn’t stop when we leave University – that’s just the start of our learning. but turning learning into deep and instinctive knowledge. Finding out more, discovering, innovating and leading.
And on 3 October, we’ll be seeing our future leaders graduating from the Aspiring Leaders programme. This programme started in February and was open to Maaori, Pacific and Asian CMDHB staff showing promise or talent for leadership.
Just like the All Blacks really – learning to improve.