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Are You Learning ‘Correctly’?

Progression is a part of our human nature. Everything progresses in one way or another; time, tide and people. When we don’t progress, life becomes stagnant and our wellbeing suffers.

Learning is crucial to your progress and is a never ending process because your transformation never stops.

Learning keeps you mentally fit, adaptable to change and relevant to your chosen profession.

Being proactive with your professional and personal progress increases your capabilities, contribution and confidence. It lessens stress, enhances relationships and creates a greater sense of fulfilment…

And most importantly, as a professional…

It betters your quality of life – your earning potential, career prospects and work life balance.

There is no debating the life changing benefits learning can make to your world but the question remains…

Is there a ‘correct’ way to learn?


It’s a diverse world

We all learn in different ways and at different speeds so in terms of acquiring information, there is no one correct way to do so.

HOWEVER, there is a balance or ‘mix’ to your learning that you should adopt if you want to have what it takes to progress and stand out in today’s world.

When learning, learn ‘correctly’ by learning strategically. Part of learning strategically means ensuring you have the correct ‘mix’ in your learning portfolio.

Simply put, your learning portfolio reflects the span of your knowledge and application of that knowledge over a period of time.

If you want to be versatile and successful in your learning journey, it is important to understand:

  • The components that makeup ‘the mix’
  • The benefits of each component
  • How you can acquire the knowledge for each component


The components of the mix to your learning strategy:

Your learning efforts should enhance your skills across five main components:

  • General: skills used in a professional and personal setting e.g. knowing desktop applications like Microsoft Word. These are skills that are needed by most organisations across various industries within the business world but these skills are also used in your personal life.
    (Covered in our blog: Do This When You Need To Upgrade Your Skills!)

  • Intra-organisation: skills specific to the organisation but not to the industry or role that you perform e.g. proprietary software used by the company.

In this blog we will cover the component – Intra-organisation i.e. skills specific to the organisation but not to the industry or role that you perform e.g. proprietary software used by the company.


The benefits of having 
Intra-organisation skills
:

  • It increases your transferable skills.
    Your skills can be used across multiple departments in the organisation. This increases your USP (unique selling point/proposition) and therefore the unique contribution YOU can make to the organisation – this in turn will make you less dispensable to the company especially in times of financial difficulties.

  • It helps you recognise organisation inefficiencies.
    You are able to understand the broader aspect of your organisation’s processes and the associated interdependencies. As a result, inefficiencies may be easier to identify and YOU can be the one to propose an improvement. This can lead to greater productivity in your department by eliminating or reducing inefficiencies that negatively impact your performance.

  • It supports you in promoting organisation improvements.
    Beyond identifying and eliminating inefficiencies that affect you or your department, your insight can support you in proposing improvements that benefit the organisation as a whole i.e. where the improvement is made to a fundamental feature of the process.

  • It raises your profile in the company.
    Despite your hard work and good performance, if key people are not aware of you, you may miss out on opportunities to get promoted within your company. In our modern society where competition is increasing and company profit margins decreasing, it is important to stand-out from the norm and display your worth.


How to acquire 
Intra-organisation skills
 within your company:

  • Identify which processes are inputs to your area.
    E.g. analyse the sales CRM system feeding into a separate database you use to send custom reports to the company’s clients.

  • Identify which processes depend on the outputs from your area.
    E.g. analyse how the software you use in your department feeds into the database of the business intelligence team that is used to conduct trend analysis for the company.

  • Be curious when engaging with your colleagues.
    Ask about the tools they use and their concerns, pain points and frustrations of having to use those tools.

  • Speak with your HR or L&D departments.
    They have a bank of information on the capability gap in the organisation and should be in a position to provide guidance.

  • Find a coach.
    Having an experienced person, with an objective view, whose role is to help you unlock your potential so you can maximise your performance – is priceless.

Want to know how to be the best in your profession, stand out at the office or progress at work so you can get that promotion, boost your career growth or get ahead in business? This video will give you what you must do to learn the smart way by leveraging your intra-organisation learning. Use it to raise your professional profile and stand out from your co-workers… with ease!


Making it happen

Progression is a natural part of life and learning never ends.

You need to create opportunities within your profession to learn as it; increases your capabilities, creates greater job satisfaction and betters your quality of life.

Learn strategically to ensure you have a balanced mix in your learning portfolio and keep writing your success story!

… remember, stay curious and keep learning.

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