How to build a learning worker mindset

team-965095_640In a previous post here, From “knowledge worker” to “learning worker”: what this means for an organisation I’ve written about the concept of a “learning worker” that Jacob Morgan believes is one of the 7 principles of the future employee.

‘Knowledge is a commodity, to be the smartest person in the room all you need is a smartphone. What is far more valuable than knowledge is the ability to learn new things and apply those learnings to new scenarios and environments. This is what the employee of the future needs to focus on, ‘learning to learn’.’

In another post, I wrote up an interview I had had, What it means to be a learning worker, where I explained why in this day and age, it is important to become a “learning worker”, and that for me  “learning to learn” doesn’t just mean “learning how to study” in formal courses. etc – although that’s a part of it, but nowadays it also means:

  • building a habit of continuous, everyday learning – and keeping your eyes and ears constantly open and learn from everything around you
  • extracting the learning from your work experiences – this, after all, is how most of how we learn to do our work takes place – as we do our job 
  • keeping up to date with what’s happening in your industry and profession – not just by going to an annual conference or reading a few industry magazines – that pretty much tells you what’s happening now, not what’s happening next – the place to find that out is in on the Social Web, in your professional social networks
  • recognising serendipitous learning – the accidental, unplanned learning that takes place everyday as a consequence of other things.

For me, this is the new work of learning professionals – one that involves helping and supporting individuals – rather than creating and delivering one-size-fits-all content!

So how can you build a “learning worker” mindset in your organisation?

mwlondeskWell, that’s what I write about in the third part of nmy ew book, Modern Workplace Learning: a resource for L&D.

And it’s also the topic of my upcoming 4-week social online workshop: How to become a Personal Learning Advisor.  In this workshop we will look at how to work with managers to foster a culture of continuous, everyday learning, as well help individuals become independent learners and take responsibility for (and ownership of) their own personal and professional learning.

Participants on the workshop automatically become members of the MWL Association, which provides an opportunity for ongoing discussion of the wider implications of Modern Workplace Learning with learning professionals from all over the world. Do come and join us.

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Jane Hart

Founder at C4LPT
Jane Hart is an independent workplace learning advisor, writer and international speaker, and is the Founder of the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies. She focuses on helping organisations with Modern Workplace Learning and individuals with Modern Professional Learning workshops. Find out more about Jane at JaneHart.com.

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