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Open your mind to a Learner Attitude

Depending on our experience, education, and upbringing, many of us tend to assume that we know what is right and wrong. And very often we might even be correct with this assumption. If we believe, however, that we are right all times, our conversations with people of different opinions can become very challenging or even turn into a conflict. In psychology this rather opinionated attitude is called the Knower-attitude. The opposite approach, keeping an open mind and being curious in our interactions with others,  is the Learner-attitude. This can helps us to have much more constructive conversations in the face of opposing views. Such curiosity even enables us to discover important aspects or facts we may have missed when assessing a situation.

At the heart of this small module is an exercise we have created to consciously make the shift to a Learner attitude. Unfortunately, this is not an easy process and cannot be achieved by doing the exercise once. Yet, we are convinced it is worth the effort and will result in more fruitful discussions and – in the end – better results.


I have more than 16 years of professional experience in FMCG internationally. In this period I worked in different European countries and in various functions, i.e. Supply Chain, Research & Development and Technical Marketing interfaces, with more than 14 years of experience as line manager in assignments spanning from factory management to programme management in corporate research.
In early 2005 I decided to become an independent coach working across Europe.