Digital technology has encouraged us to learn so much, making our world seem smaller and introducing us to different cultures in the process.
Yet, even 2,000 years ago, two philosophers from very different traditions had come to similar conclusions about the importance of learning in achieving our goals.
Confucius introduced the concept of the ‘superior man’. He defined him as “cautious in speaking and ready for action”, as someone who achieves the goals of peace and prosperity through knowledge, thought, purpose, regulation and “government”.
Aristotle developed the theory of the “seven causes of action”, identifying them as chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reasoning, passion, and desire.
Today, educational neuroscience has scientifically proven that learning, the basis of new behaviour, depends on neuro-plasticity, emotions, the environment, social conditioning, and experience.
Without all those ingredients and that new behaviour, how will your organisation face the challenges of the 21st Century?
How can I improve or innovate in a world where social and economic change is rampant?
This is a recurring question for entrepreneurs, managers, or anyone living in a competitive context.
The answer is that you need to train yourself and your people to deal with change and make learning a continuous process.
The main driver for successful innovation is having the necessary skills within an organisation, something confirmed by 34% of the 1,400 CEOs surveyed worldwide by PWC in the 22nd Annual Global CEO Survey.
When asked what impact a lack of skills has, the answer was: “It limits innovation, increases personnel costs, compromises quality standards, and jeopardises the ability to seize opportunities, and therefore growth potential.”
They all agree that continuous training designed according to the most recent methods, including digital ones, is both the best solution to guarantee the achievement of results and fill skills gaps which are holding businesses back.
In this solution, Confucius and Aristotle, science and philosophy, Asia and Europe converge.
What is the future of learning?
Digital learning combines the methods of the classic classroom and those of digital tuition.
It maximises learning potential because it provides training experiences which are ATAWAD – Any Time, AnyWhere, and Any Device.
This has several benefits including:
- It increases the duration of training and helps to reinforce and apply new behaviour.
- It allows for customisation, and it’s even adaptive in some cases.
- It’s second nature to generations of people, such as Millennials and Generation Z, who have adopted new tools and have studied digitally since primary school.
- Things which reinforce learning such as bite-size videos, virtual classes, and gamification can’t be skipped or left out.
From an era of permanent stability, interspersed with moments of disruption, we have moved to a time of constant instability.
While that may seem hugely challenging, it also has its benefits.
If “you don’t have time to consolidate something that you already need to change”, why make it a habit in the first place?
Are you a learning trail-blazer?
Some of you will be thinking “I already said that” or at least “I already started thinking that…”
You will probably have already started re-training and up-skilling within your organisation.
I’m happy for you because, whether you’re aware of it or not, you are forging ahead of those who will inevitably have to chase after you.
You are the learning trail-blazers and that competitive edge will stand you in good stead as you face the future.