Learning Agility: What is it and why should you care?

"Change is the only thing in life that is constant."  

Some of you will read this and agree completely while others will be lukewarm to this idea.  In the world I live in, I embrace this phrase; I have to.

Adam Mitchinson and Robert Morris of Teachers College, Columbia University, wrote a white paper for the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) entitled "Are you an Agile Learner."  This paper describes traits of learning agility that I will share today and then describe in greater detail in future posts.

Here are the five areas of Learning Agility according to Mitchinson and Morris:

  1. Innovating:  Agile learners are not afraid to challenge the status quo
  2. Performing:  Agile learners remain calm in the face of difficulty
  3. Reflecting:  Agile learners take time to reflect on their experiences
  4. Risking:  Agile learners purposefully put themselves in challenging situations
  5. Defending:  Agile learners are simply open to learning and resist the temptation to become defensive in the face of adversity

This is quite a list and one the requires a greater amount of space and time to describe.

Over the next several weeks I'll take the time to address and provide examples of how each of these can make you a more agile learner.

Come back to learn more.  I suspect you will be happy that you have done so.

Sources:    Center for Creative Leadership, "Are you an Agile Learner?",  Adam Mitchinson and Robert Morris-Teachers College-Columbia University