Some People Reject Learning

rejectionHow do you handle the employees in your organization that reject learning?  Either they reject learning something new, a different way of working, or assistance.

While most people enjoy learning, most of us need to be convinced to open up to any kind of change.  Learning something invites us to possible change, and thus we as adult learners must always be sold on the benefits of learning.  We also need to be sold on the urgency of learning.  Urgency is key to an adult learner because once again we are busy people and learning just to fill in time is not a valid reason.  Learning because something is about to change and I need the information to do my job is a great reason.

I reviewed all this simply to set the stage for another reason people reject learning that needs to be addressed when it is the remaining culprit blocking your efforts to build skills

The reason is Ego.

  • “No I don’t need to learn another way because the way I do it works just fine.”
  • “No I don’t need your help because I am fully capable of doing it myself.”
  • “No I don’t want to learn another method because I am the boss and no longer need anyone.”
  • “No I don’t need your opinion because my way is the only way.”

When you run into Ego as the reason someone doesn’t need help, want to learn, or refuses your efforts to make life easier, I have a simple response that will keep your sanity.

Leave them alone, and let them succeed or fail by themselves.

Sorry if you think that is heartless, but people that are so full of themselves that the only reason for refusing to learn is their ego, there is no changing that from an external process.  You must let them prove to themselves that they were either right or wrong.  And the best teacher that something might have made a difference is failure.  No one is harder on themselves than a person hung up on their ego.

Yes it is hard to watch someone crash and burn, but next time they just might be more open to learning.


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