Posted by: healingtheworkplace | September 9, 2012

Learning at Work Week 2012

HI there, I am a lifelong learner. I’ve always loved to read and to learn new things. In fact I have to ration myself or I will spend all day with my nose in a book and not get anything else done!

Reading books is only one form of learning and today we have a dizzying array of choices when it comes to learning something new:

  •    Webinars
  •    Seminars
  •    Workshops
  •    Podcasts
  •    Surfing the internet
  •    E-books
  •    Travel
  •    Conferences
  •    Coaching and mentoring
  •    etc. etc.

When I was growing up we had a complete set of Encyclopedia Britannica in the house. I also had to physically go to the library if I wanted to do some research for school. Nowadays we have Wikipedia and Google and can find out pretty much everything we want without leaving our homes or workplaces.

Learning has always been important for the advancement of our species. Learning may be more important today given how fast our world is changing.

According to the Canadian Society for Learning and Development, learning is also key to a great workplace.

“Workplace learning has a positive impact on employee performance and productivity and is crucial to a healthy Canadian economy.”

The Canadian Society for Training and Development wants you to celebrate Learn at Work Week, September 17 – 21, 2012 and have posted some ideas for what your organization might do on their website.

This is the thinking behind the concept of The Learning Organization, a term coined by Peter Senge. Peter Senge first wrote about Learning Organizations in the 1990s and his ideas are as relevant today as they were back then.

Spirituality is a part of the learning organization.

Spirituality is also important to me and I subscribe to the Spiritual & Health newsletter. Recently Thomas Moore wrote an article about the spiritual practice of study – another way of describing lifelong learning.

Study can give you strength, vitality, and confidence. It’s worth fitting in an hour of study each day, as the monks do, building your own library, traveling to learn and discover things, and having deep discussions with thoughtful people. You can create your own school, your own style of scholarship, and your own scriptorium―your own place, if only a chair and a lamp, where you can both lose yourself and find yourself in the pleasures of learning.                 Thomas Moore

You might not be able to fit an hour of study into your life each day but you can find ways to keep learning new things either on your own, or with other people. Don’t limit learning to skills either. The more you learn about yourself the better you’ll be at leading yourself and others. Cheers, Lesley

PS…you’ll find life a lot more satisfying too!

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