What Is Learning Agility, And How Do You Nurture It?

In his 1970 book, Future Shock, American Author Alvin Toffler wrote that “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn”. What he was explaining was the learning agility definition. And he was way ahead of his time.

Today, this is a skill in high demand. Put simply, it’s the ability to be in a novel situation, not know what to do, and then figure it out anyway. Individuals who learn the ‘right’ lessons from past experiences are high in learning agility, meaning they’re able to identify the most important info in one situation, and connect it to the right context in a new situation.

Why is this so important to companies? Could it be that they’re dealing with vast amounts of change, and need people who can learn, adapt and solve problems? Yes, that’s probably it. But read on if you’d like to know more before making up your own mind.

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