Our career currency is now our capacity for learning. Instead of just working to do a job, learning itself is the job. Being an adaptive and proactive learner is a valuable asset, creating long-term dividends for career development. Reid Hoffman and Satya Nadella emphasize the importance of continuous learning for success.
In our dynamic careers, where changes happen frequently and roles shift, the ability to unlearn, learn, and relearn is crucial. Drawing on our experience with career development training, we’ve identified techniques for integrating learning into daily development.
- Everyday Development: Invest intentionally in your everyday development, as neglecting it can reduce resilience. Take ownership by prioritizing learning amidst your daily tasks.
- Learn from Others: Build a diverse learning community. Have regular curiosity coffees with new connections to gain fresh perspectives and broaden your knowledge.
- Experiment: Consciously experiment at work, testing different approaches and tools. Keep a learn-it-all log to track experiments and learnings. Embrace the possibility of failure as part of exploring the unknown.
- Create a Collective Curriculum: In a squiggly career, everyone is a learner and a teacher. Establish a team-wide collective curriculum for continuous learning from and with each other.
- Connect with Challengers: Spend time with people who challenge your perspective. Seek out individuals with different experiences to explore new ways of thinking.
- Identify Habits and Hold Backs: Recognize habits that may create blind spots. Track your default actions and consciously unlearn three habits to explore new ways of working.
- Ask Propelling Questions: Reset your status quo by asking questions like “How might we?” or “What would happen if?” Pair up with someone to explore alternative viewpoints.
- Stretch Your Strengths: Use your strengths in diverse situations. Apply them not only in your day-to-day work but also in networks, volunteer organizations, or side projects.
- Get Fresh-Eyed Feedback: Seek feedback from others to identify areas for relearning. Present even-better questions to encourage candid feedback.
- Relearn Resilience: Acknowledge small successes daily. Write down three very small successes at the end of each day for two weeks to build motivation and momentum for continuous development.