A thought was shared from Greg Hartle (@greghartle) last week about his impressions of people he meets that are in career transitions.
Many people are perfectly prepared for a world that no longer exists.
One area people struggle with is learning. We wait for events, programs, our leader to direct us, a performance review, time away from our job to learn, or ___________(fill in the blank). In a corporate class, experience shows me that 70% of people come to class without a clear objective. In a personal study I have done, 100% of people who went to Google and typed in a “How do you . . . . ” search question had a clear learning objective. Email me if you would like the full results of my study. 🙂
My favorite places to learn:
- LinkedIn – I believe Greg’s perspective can be substantiated based on how someone leverages LinkedIn. This tool is as much about setting up learning communities as it is about building a professional network. Joining groups and asking/answering questions on a weekly basis. This should be a cornerstone of your learning strategy.
- Inc – I still get a paper copy. It makes me old school, but the information I get from people trying things out is so valuable for me as an entrepreneur and an advisor to growing companies. For a close friend it is Wired magazine. I added that for 2013. More to come . . .
- TED – At the end of the day every TEDx video is still an event. Given that, I am still shocked by how many people I work with that have never heard of this.
- YouTube – 48 hours of new video is uploaded to YouTube every minute. (see graphic) I once had a friend with a health issue that needed to start giving himself monthly shots. He is a bit impatient, so after trying to find someone to help he went on YouTube, found instructions, and did it. I do not recommend this course of action for everyone – but he is clearly not the person Greg was talking about.
As I watch my teenagers interact with the Internet I realize the line between living and learning is non-existent for them. The mantra that separates boomers from a millennial is a simple shift from I will outwork you to I will out-learn you. The hardest worker is not the automatic winner anymore.
What are your favorite places to learn?