Learning Agility

Learn from Experiences

Identify a task you do often that you could make an improvement to. Plan on experimenting, don’t expect to get it right the first time, and seek feedback from your colleagues. Prepare to receive feedback using this tool (DOC).

Learn a new technique that you can use over and over when you face new problems on the job. The next time you face a new challenge, use the 5 Whys question tool to get to the root of the problem.

Learn from a mistake you make on the job. Watch this TED talk on Being Wrong to find inspiration. Redefine your thinking about what it means to be wrong the next time you face a challenging problem. Reflect on a mistake as a case study for becoming more open to other ways of looking at situations. Discuss your insights with a colleague or your boss.

To improve your proficiency, ask yourself the following questions on a regular basis and take action: (1) What opportunity can I take today to try something new? (2) What ways can I improve a process or procedure that has already worked successfully? (3) What ways can I improve a process or procedure that has been a failure?

Learn from Others

Watch the TED video from Ric Elias, "Three Things I Learned While My Plane Crashed" and reflect on what you can learn from his lessons.

Engage others with diverse backgrounds to help you think through a problem, especially when it is complex and multi-dimensional. Ask their opinion and explore their solutions and rationales.

Review this advice to help you learn from common reasons others fail. When faced with a new problem, apply what you learned.

Read the article Learning Styles: Understanding Your Learning Preference to identify your specific learning preferences. Then, schedule a meeting with your manager to discuss your findings and develop specific strategies and opportunities to develop your least comfortable learning preference.