Learning is our advantage
Back-to-school season is upon us – small and big kids alike filled the hallways of schools this week. I’m sure many parents rejoiced after a summer of hearing, “I’m bored.” I know my kids were happy to be reunited with all their friends, even after an enjoyable summer. They’re still at that age where school is fun and exciting.
As with every school year, soon enough we’ll receive the mid-term report cards. Of course, I want to know that they are learning what they should be. However, the one indicator that is most important to me – and never appears on the report card – is “Do you still like learning?”
For me, if my kids tell me they still like learning new things, then they’re in good shape. No matter what their ability is in the present, they can improve on it in the future. The purpose of school isn’t necessarily the end product of what my kids have learned, but whether or not it has instilled in them a love of learning.
It is our ability to learn that predicts our future success. Alvin Toffler, author of Future Shock, said “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”
Our organizations can’t be filled of “knowers”. We need people to be life-long learners. Our ability to stay flexible and open to new ideas, information, and skills is our biggest competitive advantage. It keeps us resilient and innovative.
When we put a focus on traits like curiosity, humility, and enthusiasm we increase our ability to learn, and when need be, unlearn and relearn with grace.
A TEAM HUMAN CONVERSATION
Fight workplace zombies in your organization and join Team Human! Gather a group of fellow workplace zombie hunters to discuss our most recent blog post. Use the questions below to kick start your conversation.
In the last week, what three new things have you learned?
How open are you to learning new things? How about unlearning and relearning?
What can make it difficult to stay a life-long learner? What can you do as an individual, team and/or organization to remove these roadblocks?