Wednesday, February 4, 2015

A Learning Mind

The more we learn; the more humble we feel.

At the individual level, being a continuous learner is no longer simply a choice one can make. It is a necessity and imperative; if one expects to add value, to compete for the future with authenticity and consistency. At the organizational level, the always-on, hyperconnected global workplace opens a whole new world on how to build both creative and productive workforce; to put simply, how to shape a learning culture -from mindset to mind flow, grooming more collective learning minds?

A learning mind is more adaptive: Only a learning mind has a better cognitive ability to adjust to the change, and adaptation is critical for surviving and thriving in today’s dynamic world. We can learn from our own experiences, books, media, or other people's experiences. From a business perspective, due to the complexity of knowledge and the number of ways by which we learn, it is vital that organization development continue to evolve just to keep up with the cultural changes. Considering that we are always learning, it is very important that we get the staff to be proactive in the changes an organization could possibly face and what needs to be in place to counter those changes. It is important that we don't overthink a resolution and avoid making simple things complicated by making complicated things simple.

A learning mind keeps life flow. Learning is the way to keep your mind flow, hence your life flow. Because when you stop learning, you are stagnant. The curiosity as human nature motivates you to learn - “there are so many things I don't know and I want to know them all.” Then knowledge is the result of lessons we learned by the exploitation of our curiosity! And knowledge can be extracted into wisdom; whereas wisdom encourages to keep on gathering knowledge. Wisdom + Knowledge = life......a never-ending fact-finding mission.

A learning mind has more dots to connect for sparking innovation. It's important to make connections between pieces of knowledge. When these connections are structured in a meaningful way, we are better to retrieve and apply knowledge effectively and powerfully; or to connect the dots to spark fresh ideas or to create new knowledge. The character or the life experience guides our gut feel so that we intuitively know the right decision. Wisdom is also part of this, the integration of lessons, experience, and knowledge.  

The purpose of education is to both satisfy those learning minds and inspire more minds to learn. The future of learning will require to break away from the current one-size-fits-all mold and move to a more customized learning platform to really encourage people in their strengths and interests. Education has to adapt to a faster learning method; informal or online learning is the key option to learn and become who you really are or who you want to be.

Life is an eternal learning curve, you just have to continue to learn and ride above it.


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