Magazine article Talent Development

What's a Learning Experience? Everything

Magazine article Talent Development

What's a Learning Experience? Everything

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Never Stop Learning: Stay Relevant, Reinvent Yourself, and Thrive

By Bradley R. Staats

Harvard Business Review Press, 240 pp., $30

In a society with technology at our fingertips, we constantly face an information overload. Yet at the same time, our professions and careers continually drive us to enhance our knowledge, skills, and abilities. Otherwise we risk becoming stagnant or irrelevant.

Avoiding such a fate can be difficult. We know we should attend professional development and other traditional learning events, but these can overwhelm the working professional with a busy career and personal life. After all, we have enough on our plates and in our brains; we can't always fit anything else in the picture.

In Never Stop Learning, Staats presents an alternative. An organizational performance expert and associate professor of operation at the University of North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler Business School, he shares a series of behavior-based concepts that individuals can adapt to continually develop themselves without necessarily leaning into traditional methods of learning and education. His book's refreshing view holds that learning is not just a single event. Instead, it shows that people can continuously leverage their own daily experiences as growth opportunities.

As a talent development professional, I admire the book's approach. It emphasizes what happens when we are back in reality, beyond the constraints of a four-walled classroom. How do we manage our failures, processes, strengths, specializations, and even our determination to improve ourselves and our organizations once the support system has been removed? …

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