Words from: Thomas Friedman
On a scale of 1 to 10, rate each skill in terms of your mastery of that skill (1 being low skilled, 10 being highly skilled).
Tally up the results and you have your development plan over the coming year.
Why is this important?
Because the 4th Industrial Revolution is upon us and these are the skills you’ll need if you want to thrive in the new world of work.
“The fourth industrial revolution is currently being called the cyber-physical convergence. There is nobody who can clearly see what is going to emerge from this revolution, but we have a good guess at what skills are going to be required.”
You’ll also need to bone up on the skills that teach you how to think, be creative, be open-minded about what’s going on around you, and you’ll need to have an increased level of self-awareness that will allow you to know what you need to know and do to succeed.
And that last part, to me, is key: knowing what you need to know and do to succeed.
Without that, it’s hard to go forward.
Also read Heather McGowan’s piece: The Hard Truth About Lost Jobs: It’s Not About Immigration
As learning professionals, I believe our role is to act in the interest of learning.
Sometimes that’s fun. Sometimes that’s difficult. Oftentimes is a blend of both. If you think about what we do as learning professionals i.e. physically change the neurological connections in people’s brains – that’s a difficult task, but that’s how real learning happens.
Your learners are likely to want you to make learning easy. You know to read a few handouts, look at some slides, play a few games, half listen to you talk, then fill out a quick smiley sheet and go.
But sometimes we need to make their brains work hard and sweat. Get them to engage in deep discussions where they have to articulate their understanding, challenge other’s views and be willing to have their views challenged.
I know it’s a whole lot easier to just sit and listen. But that’s simply not enough.
To serve learning, we have to push our learners to go deeper.
A deeper level of learning requires a commitment to put in the effort to change those neurological connections which are the gateway to real learning.
Our role then, as learning professionals, is to facilitate active and collaborative learning, provide learning activities and experiences (not just content) and a safe space for the conditions of deeper learning to occur. And we need to be on hand to act as facilitator, guide, mentor, and coach.
A tall order, for sure, but one, if you’re like me, to passionately embrace.