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Management Matters

Academic journal article Manager

Management Matters

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IT is said that there are only two things in life that are certain: death and taxes! To that, I would add a third: the need to learn continuously! While the first two givens are beyond our control, learning continuously isn't, and should be one of our key objectives and priorities, both in a professional and personal context.

Rightly or wrongly, many people assume that the pursuit of learning involves money. It can, and more often than not, does. However, according to theorists, the most valuable and costeffective learning takes place on-the-job, on a day-to-day basis. But, because we are so busy striving to do our jobs well, we miss the key learning opportunities that would make us more able to cope with and adapt to change, more professional in our approach and outlook and, importantly, more employable!

According to Peter Honey (1991), learning should be:

* Done deliberately and consciously and not left to chance

* Continuous and ongoing, with no beginning and end.

A good way of making learning a more conscious process is to become a lifelong learner and reflective practitioner by engaging in continuous professional development (CPD). Sounds Utopian, you might argue. Far from being the search for the unattainable Holy Grail, lifelong learning and CPD equips individuals with increased knowledge, personal skills, enhanced professionalism and personal competitive advantage. However, to benefit from this, individuals have to be willing, able and empowered to learn from the job, from others, from mistakes and from active reflection! Becoming a more conscious learner also, importantly, develops your transferable key skills and core competencies and makes you more employable in the competitive labour market. …

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