Some of the most successful, influential, and busy people in the world, including Warren Buffett, Bill Gates and Oprah Winfrey have one thing in common- they never stop making time to learn. Our capacity for learning is infinite, so why do many of us stop prioritising it after we’ve completed our standard education? If we can take anything from the learning habits of leaders, it’s the understanding that we can never really know it all, so at no time should you ever stop learning. Here are some ways continuous learning will benefit you, and some tips to help you continue.
Stay relevant in an ever-changing world
With technology, science and information growing faster than ever before, discoveries are always being made. This might mean what you once knew is no longer true, or there are better ways of doing things now than when you learned them. In the workplace, not only is continuous learning in your best interest- it’s in the best interest of your organisation to keep the skills of their staff current and able to adapt to changing environments. To stay relevant, you need to keep learning.
While a life without challenges may sound nice, you would never grow without it. Learning new skills and building your knowledge is a great way to challenge yourself and your way of doing things. When you do something regularly it can often become automatic, mindless, and can leave you in a rut. Learning and developing new skills and knowledge will force you to challenge the way you think and work, which can lead you to fresh perspectives and better ideas and conversations.
How to keep learning at work
If you want access to learning opportunities at work, you have to ask for them. The key is to show your manager how it will benefit the company. Think about the learning you want to do and figure out how it aligns with your role and the goals of your company. The most common ways to keep learning are through reading new research or books by thought leaders and attending official training courses or workshops.
If you’re looking for official training, look for a training provider like IMNZ that offers online or in-person courses for professional development in the area you’d like to upskill.
How IMNZ can help
If you are managing a project for the first time and want to ensure you’re equipped to manage it within budget, on-time and with high-quality results, our Project Management Fundamentals course can help you get there. Or, maybe you want to learn to better manage your team for greater results; our ELEVATE course is designed to help you become a better leader.
With over 70 years of experience in upskilling New Zealanders, IMNZ is here to help teach and train you for better leadership and management. Get in touch today!