What is Learning Power?

Learning Power enables us to develop awareness, ownership and responsibility for our learning journeys in all aspects of our lives – both as individuals and members of a team, an organisation or a community.

The eight Learning Power dimensions are holistic personal qualities which combine thinking, feeling and doing. They are inter-related, changeable and influenced by our context and relationships.

Understanding your Learning Power

Learning Power fuels complex problem solving, critical thinking and creativity, all key competences for wellbeing and success in our world.

Understanding ourselves as learners enables us to ‘get better’ at self-directed learning.

Learning Power self-assessment provides a language and research based measurement model for a different type of conversation: one which turns self-diagnosis into strategies for change.

Transforming performance through Learning Journeys

Learning Power fuels learning journeys. Self-directed learning begins with a purpose that matters. When personal purpose is aligned with organisational purpose then cultural transformation begins.

Focusing on learning as a journey requires a pause for planning – understanding the problem and the Learning Power needed to address it. Building new knowledge and planning for improvement.

Once the challenge is understood, it’s about doing the job, implementing the plan, learning fast, failing fast and learning again. Testing and prototyping until it’s fit for purpose.

The last stage in a learning journey is about evaluating success. Data that’s fit for purpose is interrogated to measure the outcomes – both for the ‘job’ that was done and the personal story of change. Inevitably this provides a new baseline that leads to the next journey.

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The eight dimensions of Learning Power

Orientation to Learning…

is finding the optimum balance between the uncertainty and doubt that prompt and energize learning and the unwavering determination to get it done at all cost; the opposites are at either extreme: fragility and dependence or rigid persistence


is wanting to ‘get beneath the surface’ and ‘dig deeper’, generating questions and always asking ‘why’; the opposite is being ‘passive’

Sense Making…

is making connections between new information and data and what I know already. It’s identifying learning that ‘matters to me’ and my story; the opposite is simply ‘accumulating data’


is trusting that I can be understood and find support from people around me when I need it to solve problems; the opposite is feeling ‘alone’ or left out

Mindful Agency…

is being aware of my thoughts, feelings and actions as a learner and able to use that awareness for self-leadership, taking responsibility to design, implement and evaluate my learning processes; the opposite is being ‘robotic’


is learning with and from others as well as being happy to learn by myself; the opposite is either being ‘isolated’ or ‘over-dependent’


is risk-taking and playfulness, and using my imagination and intuition to generate new ideas and options and testing them out; the opposite is being ‘rule-bound’

Hope & Optimism…

is having the confidence that I can learn, change and make progress over time; the opposite is being ‘stuck and static’