Thursday, July 8, 2021

Innovating via Learning

People with a learning mind see unique patterns and make fresh connections that others overlook.

Learning is a continuous process and everyone has an enormous capacity to learn and we need to learn continuously in order to adapt to constant change. Today, there are continuous technology led disruptions and convenient, overloaded information, and commodity knowledge only a click away. The division between 'working' and 'learning' is replaced by combining and integrating 'working, thinking and learning.’ 

All humans have an insatiable curiosity that leads us to learn, learning nurtures creativity because what you learn selectively further stimulates your imagination. It is important to cultivate a learning culture that has awareness and understanding of the importance of learning in order to develop a creative workforce and build a highly-innovative organization.

The future of learning will require us to break away from the current one-size-fits-all mold and move to more proactive and customized learning: With ever evolving digital new normal, business professionals become aware when some of the long-acquired knowledge is no longer applicable in certain situations. To become learning-intelligent, they have to learn and relearn all the time and then apply those lessons to succeed in new situations, become better problem solvers, foster innovation. The knowledge cycle is shortened significantly; so they need to continue learning, and master the full cycle of “Learning,  Delearning, Relearning” effortlessly. By having an active learning and thinking cycle, over time, digital professionals develop an effective set of filters that help them find new knowledge that interests them and refine them into valuable insight to accomplish their work creatively.

Historically, many learners, in all disciplinary domains, built a kind of “dependency” on their teachers/trainers and developed a form of “learned helplessness.” Digital learning is interactive, interdisciplinary, informal, inclusive, and integrated, with varying learning styles such as self-directing learning, problem-based learning, collaborative learning, or project oriented learning, all of them foster creativity in a structural way by requiring people to break away from the current one-size-fits-all mold and move to more proactive and customized learning. The shift from the reactive learning mentality to proactive learning attitude enables individuals and organizations to look forward, improving their learning agile which means to learn from different channels, and transcend information to knowledge to insight and ultimate wisdom for professional maturity.

Improve employee engagement and recognize and empower innovators who love the clash of ideas, and love learning
: Considering that we are always learning, it is very important that we get the staff to be proactive in driving change and spurring creativity. Employee engagement is all about the relationship to learning- if it's done right, learning should provide much fun and enjoyment as well as a sense of achievement and enforce the cycle of discovering talent-learning- creativity-maturity. The social platform provides a flexible way to learn, share and collaborate, digital tools and apps make learning informal, but more effective; with the very goals to groom innovators, empower learning champions, so that creativity can be nurtured by an open working or learning environment in which people learn to think multidimensionally, generate fresh ideas and solve all kinds of problems in alternative ways.

The goal of learning is to absorb knowledge, generate new knowledge or update old knowledge. A responsible use of knowledge is not an impediment to the imagination. Knowledge can be useful in trying to understand if what's imagined can be achieved. But outdated knowledge or “knowing it all” attitude might turn out to be the burden to explore the new horizon, or even turn off the sparkling of your imagination and the fountain of creativity. Knowledge should be helpful for stimulating fresh ideas by deepening understanding or widening the fields and the scope of dots connecting, and implementing those great ideas by overcoming technical complexity.

Learning makes experience enriched; experience helps us learn more: Learning is the key to move forward, address any future potential challenges and issues with more confidence. Experience is not about doing the same things again and again; it is about always learning the new things through it -either it’s success or failure. Learning is a lifelong experience, it should make our mind more open to embracing new possibilities. You can always learn from success stories either through your past or lessons learned from others. One's own experience teaches more as it generates emotions, good and bad, that can serve as effective mental markers for association. However, we are limited by time and space, learning from another person's experience helps to surpass one's own limits; through someone else' experience, we can gain a lot without much price/loss to ourselves. Learning each other shows a good attitude to learn and be open minded for catching new perspectives. Still, learning from others doesn’t mean accepting others’ viewpoints completely or following others blindly

Learning is a constant process; the professional workforce today needs to become self-driven, must have the attitude to keep learning, as well as have learning aptitude and intelligence to learn fast and smart, learning knowledge is not even enough, capturing insight is the must to guide you in the future experience. Learning makes experience enriched; experience helps us learn more. We can't experience everything. so you gain knowledge to avoid failures. If failure comes to you inevitably, you need to overcome it, using it as a launch point for improvement. All failures should be a learning experience. The reality of failure is that it is also a way to learn. You can make a transition from failing bitterly to failing better only if you learn from the failures, and then failing is something that prompts you to move ahead.

People with a learning mind see unique patterns and make fresh connections that others overlook. It's important to make connections between pieces of knowledge. When these connections are structured in a meaningful way, we are better able to retrieve and apply knowledge effectively and powerfully; and be able to connect the dots to spark fresh ideas continually.


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