Thursday, November 14, 2013

Continuos Learning: The Best Way to Adapt to Change

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, not the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.”
- Herbert Spencer
One of my favorite sayings (and I apologize, but I forget the reference. Please comment below if you know it) is “Change is great, you go first.” Change is hard and few are willing to embrace it. There are many reasons that have been addressed in research and in popular business books. But my favorite tactic for helping people be better at adapting to change is from the book, Developing Employees Who Love to Learn: Tools, Strategies, and Programs for Promoting Learning at Work by Linda Honold.  

This is one of my favorite books on the learning topic. It offers many great ideas for developing people who love to learn. One of the main points made in the book is the idea that the people who adapt to change best are those to are continuously learning.

This is an important point.

Think about it. The more you learn, the more interesting you find new things and the more willing you are to try new things. Trying new things is, by definition, changing.

From my own experience, when I was reading a lot, I was most open to and adaptable to change. When I was not reading a lot, I dismissed new things as crazy or stupid, things I wish I had not dismissed. This is a big lesson for me.

So, if you want to be more adaptable to change, start learning new things now and continuously.

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