An old blind man was sitting on a busy street corner in the rush-hour begging for money.
On a cardboard sign, next to an empty tin cup, he had written: ‘Blind – Please help’.
No-one was giving him any money.
A young advertising writer walked past and saw the blind man with his sign and empty cup, and also saw the many people passing by completely unmoved, let alone stopping to give money.
The advertising writer took a thick marker-pen from her pocket, turned the cardboard sheet back-to-front, and re-wrote the sign, then went on her way.
Immediately, people began putting money into the tin cup.
After a while, when the cup was overflowing, the blind man asked a stranger to tell him what the sign now said.
“It says,” said the stranger, “It’s a beautiful day. You can see it. I cannot.”
What is the best way to deal with change?
Whether you’re trying to get a job, are on the job, or need a promotion, if you aren’t updating your knowledge bank and learning resources, you’re adding to the problems of the workplace, rather than being a solution.
Learning is an effective way to remain relevant while adapting to new things, otherwise you stand the risk of being extinct in the corporate world.
Consider a week without food and water. Seems impossible. Right? Without food or the right nutrients that are found in food, you will cease to function properly overtime and may die.
This is the perspective from which you need to view learning, if you seek advancement in the workplace.
Here are four ways your learning culture can contribute to your progress as a working professional.
- Adapt. Learning has become social and working professionals need to change their learning techniques as rapidly as technology takes over the world. These days, you’d barely have HR to do the job for you so you need to source for learning to an extent, by yourself.
- Integrate. Learning needs to be embedded in the business so that day- to- day activities can dictate the knowledge you get. Just-in-time learning is information when you need it, and is centred to your job.
- Expertise. Learning experts can show you what you need to learn. There are vast platforms for learning and assessment which have been tried and are trusted by many corporations. These are pointers to knowledge gaps and are immensely beneficial.
- Share. Teaching to others, what you have learned is a good way to retain knowledge. If you value a piece of information, you’d share it. What else is the essence of our social and networking era if you can’t perform such a small task?
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