We love the idea of learning agility. For us it’s not about an “amazing career” – however often that’s the goal or result – but the inclusiveness of the journey that gets us there. We’ve always been more interested in that value. Here especially, we were keen to dig into the skills “beyond automation“. It’s a force that takes up so much of the debate today, but will always require human intervention and temperance.
“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn”
Alvin Toffler, author and futurist
Alvin Toffler was on to something. To be prepared for a rapidly changing future, we need to learn how to learn, and we need to apply these principles consistently. Access to learning could not be more abundant. Information-rich websites such as Coursera, Udemy, Edx, Youtube, Khan academy, Linked in Learning, doc.Microsoft.com, AI4all and others, offer free or low-cost training, to those with internet access.
However, there are some critical personal skill sets that we need to master or enhance over time, which will serve us beyond automation and elimination of routinised jobs.
Learning agility is our ability to learn and apply with velocity while being able to detect patterns in different scenarios and reuse these in new contexts. What skills help us to unlock learning agility? We discuss these skills at a high level here.