Updated: May 2, 2020
Yes, we know learning agility is vital as the world and our workplaces change. But what does it mean?
Learning agility is about iteration, a growth mindset, learning as you go and disruptive learning. By disruptive learning, we mean going out of your way to seek out challenging ways of thinking and behaving that will disrupt your thinking. (Not always that comfortable.)
Four kinds of learning agility are worth noting:
Are you curious about things, connected and deliberately not connected with your work?
Do you make connections between different things and see patterns emerging?
Are you comfortable if there’s no obvious solution, things are ambiguous and you need to use trial and error?
Are you aware of your impact on others?
Do you understand other people’s needs?
Can you flex and change your behaviour to fit in with others?
Do you seek feedback on how you’re doing?
Do you test ideas out and experiment?
Do you contribute fresh thinking and new ideas?
Are you energised by change?
Do you constantly look to improve things?
Can you help a team work well together to achieve results?
Are you focused on outcomes and different possible ways to achieve them?
Can you constantly adapt as things change?
Can you find new ways to deliver when things are tough?
To be more learning agile, you’ll need to reflect on your performance and broaden your perspective. Then, put the results into practice. Plenty to think about here.