Agile Learning…

Mitch Schneider
October 25, 2019

Agile Learning… What is it?

Agility conjures up images of quickness. Of speed. But that’s generally within the context of competition and sport. What does it mean when it’s coupled with the concept of learning?

If you ask me, it’s all about recognizing and assimilating new information.

There are certain traits agile learners share in common that helps to identify them.

They are more interested in learning something new from experiencing it than they are from learning about it. They are more curious than rigid. More flexible in the pursuit of experience than they are interested in simply gathering data.

They set more challenging (And, difficult…) goals and objectives. Make better, faster and more well-informed decisions. And, ask better questions. They take more calculated risks, appear more comfortable with diversity and are more likely to embrace new technologies.

Looking Back

Agile learners demonstrate three behaviors that set them apart. They dedicate time to look back and are students of their own experience, analyzing what happened, why and how. They take the time to reflect on that experience as they search the recent past for information that will help them in both the present and the future.

Those who practice agile learning are more likely to perform a postmortem on their past performance, searching for the factors that led to a specific outcome. Who was involved? What did they do? How did it work out? What lessons were learned?

Looking Around

Agile learners look around. They force themselves to become aware of where they are and what’s going on around them. Of what is happening and why. They ask questions in order to discern what behaviors and actions are working.

Looking Ahead

And, agile learners use their imagination to look ahead. They work hard to start with the end in mind: to see it before they begin their journey. Excited to find the challenges and see what there is to learn.

In general, agile learners learn to use their imagination, anticipate and ask, What If?

There is a lot to be said for becoming an agile learner. More than will fit here. But there is one thing you can count on. It is sure to result in a more interesting and exciting life, which makes it more than worth the effort.

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