This week my coaching certification focus has been on self-directed learning. A key take-away in my studies has been the awareness of how critical it is for learners at all levels to embrace this learning approach. Gone are the days where information other people think we need to know will be spoon fed to us via a “subject matter expert.” With information being so readily available, it will become simply expected that we know how to gain knowledge as needed to keep up to date both personally and professionally.
This current situation creates what is being referred to as a knowledge economy yielding a business environment where Human potential, not merely capability, is the new unique selling proposition. Knowledge in and of itself has become less valuable. Seriously…is there anything you can’t Google for the answer any time of day or night? The expectation has shifted from simply knowing something to the more intangible or “right-brained” functions used effectively to think strategically, create innovative solutions, implement change, and lead.
Yes, the “information age” as it is referred to by many is vastly upon us and to keep up, we must be self-directed learners who can leverage our unique learning styles to get better results for ourselves, our businesses and our society overall. We will need to “reinvent” ourselves over and over again. It has recently been said that one third of all ten year olds will begin work in a job that hasn’t been invented yet. It’s an exciting time to be alive!
Self-directed learning is the new learning. Each of us will need to have our own development plan. While some people have taken this approach their whole lives, others will need to figure out what they need to learn and how to learn it. Having a coach to support you can yield a high return on investment. Coaching is all about self-directed learning. If you have an interest in investigating coaching for yourself, contact me to find out more.
So tell me….what have you learned lately?