“Recently I saw `Disruptors becoming future-fit on the Learning Journey` as the slogan for the Learning Day activity of a leading technological company.”
written by Yanni Chen and edited by Wayne Brown
They inspired me to reflect on the purpose of what I have done in recent years.
It’s been a continuous learning experience…
My young 28-year existence has been one of a continuous learning experience. I was fortunate to become the #1 student in my class, which triggered an inner desire to explore and learn. This has continued through college life until the present.
However, in recent years, I find that what I’ve learned in school can no longer keep pace with society’s developments. I believe you will have heard of the term “VUCA” – volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous. This term aptly describes the business world surrounding us today.
Nowadays, to accommodate the rapid changes in our society, people tend to turn to bite-size learnings using their apps. I also continue to apply effort to learning & developing, which is what I want to share with you here.
Learning @ work….
Among all learning methodologies, I believe the most valuable part is my learning experience gained through practical work applications.
I’ve worked as a learning expert for many years since my graduation at an elevator company, specializing in course design & development.
This job keeps me alert on what is happening in the learning area and helps me be in front of this industry.
(facilitating a course)
Digital is a keyword …
Digital is a keyword from my past five years, and I’m honored to be a pioneer in digitalizing learning solutions.
Recently, with the knowledge and skills acquired, I left the elevator industry to join the talent management & organization development arena. Now working in the automotive industry and continuing my career of inspiring and enabling people to transform.
Learning @ MBA….
I started my MBA during my pregnancy period. Many friends asked me if it would become too overwhelming and I could devote sufficient time with my baby. Despite their concerns and with the support of my family, I insisted on pursuing this dream.
Now I’m halfway through the study, with a toddler of 1 year, and I’m still able to enjoy the time I spent on my research.
It has occupied a lot of spare capacity with many case studies, discussions, and examinations.
In parallel, I realize the benefits that will come in the end due to my perseverance. I’m gaining a much broader viewpoint, as well as strengthening my internal beliefs. I believe that I can achieve anything and everything where I’m willing to apply myself.
Learning @ travel….
I have traveled to many countries across Europe and Asia, seeing many places and their people.
There is a famous Chinese saying, “Man who travels far knows more”
This travel has greatly helped me know more about different cultures, histories, and lifestyles within these countries. And thereby making it easier to communicate with people of differing backgrounds.
Recently, I joined a study tour to Singapore. I was inspired by Singaporean’s capability to build up a country with such a limit of resources and talents.
Learning @ mobile….
Mobile learning is the last area I will touch on today. I’ve worked with this subject for quite a long time. And I’m a firm believer in its functionality. Enabling people to learn anytime and anywhere, especially the younger generation.
However, I am not a bite-size learner.
I always try to have some time dedicated to learning. Currently, I aim for 1-2 hours every evening to read books, watch videos, listen to podcasts from business schools. And I’m planning to expand this time to learn more.
Back to the topic “Disruptors are becoming future-fit on the Learning journey.”
I like this statement a lot because it reflects my motivation towards learning very well.
Looking back from my previous years, I was shocked by the pace of development in the past ten years. Numerous new technologies have boomed, including blockchain, AI, VR, etc. All of which are influencing and shaping work and lifestyle.
At the same time, I find many people don’t want to change or even can’t see the necessity for change.
Early to bed and early to rise…
One friend gets up at 5:00 a.m. to read and start his own business to influence others to read.
My husband listens to podcasts every day to and from work and has read hundreds of books in three years. To be competitive and fit in the future is not always easy, but how do you know without even trying?
And so, to my future industry predictions….
A note from your host, Wayne ….
Thanks, Yanni. Being heavily involved in learning and helping shape the future landscape, I can align with Yanni’s comments.
We are truly at the pioneering stage of our journey into learning digitalization. We need to be careful that we don’t turn digital to satisfy one or two generations.
For those interested in learning more…
If you are interested in learning more about digitalization and its impact on facilitation, check this series out. “Highly effective facilitation for every leader” https://amentorscouch.com/podcasts/.
Similarly, check out our videos if you are interested in learning more about presenting and the impact of digitalization. https://amentorscouch.com/mentors-rant/.
Until next time, stay safe and keep learning!