Last Week's Definition:
Being able to look beyond your thoughts and Ideas are key. The balcony analogy was great. This allows you to step back and see what is going on, not only with others but with you as well. It enables you to see how effective you as a leader are actually being. Others' reaction to the decisions that you will make are key to what you may decide to do next. When you observe from the balcony you must see yourself as well as the other participants. This is the hardest task of all--to see yourself objectively (Heifietz & Linsky, p.54).
This Week's Definition:
A learning agenda aids in the betterment of effective leadership and perhaps, a better you. I believe whether short or long term changes, you must take the necessary step steps to achieving the goals for you and your organization. In this week's reading it is stated, "A learning agenda, however, focuses on the possibility of change that will eventually lead to better performance at work (and probably more contentment in life in general)" (Goleman, Boyatzis, and McKee, p.141).
Honestly, it makes a lot of sense to have a learning agenda. Everyone has their own idea of how things should be done. You won't be able to please everyone. But, what I have learned is, to take constructive criticism and reconstruct my agenda so that it works for everyone. So, the "learning agenda" concept resonated with me. It isn't as easy as it sounds, but I think that it can help you create a more effective environment.
Goleman, D., Boyatzis, R., & McKee, A. (2002). "Metamorphosis: Sustaining leadership change." Primal Leadership: Learning to lead with emotional intelligence (pp. 139 - 168). Boston: Harvard Business School Press.