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Stephen Walsh

Co-founder

Anders Pink

Keep learning to keep

earning

Why continuous learning is your new

survival skill- and how to make it happen

Stephen Walsh of Anders Pink, formerly

of Kineo, makes the case for continuous

learning as the way to stay relevant in

the new organisation.

If you worked for AT&T 30 years ago, you

were probably feeling pretty good about

your career. You were working for the

company that once owned the patent for

the telephone. How cutting edge can you

get? You were trained once at the start of

your career, and that stood you in good

stead until retirement. Skills for life, job for

life. Learning is for newbies.

Flash forward a few decades. The

payphones are in the Smithsonian, and

AT&T finds itself fighting to survive.

It's chasing the tails of companies less

than 10 years old and losing to them. What

went wrong? In simple terms, it didn't keep

up with changes in its industry. It got

Ubered - or in this case, Googled,

iPhoned and Amazoned.

What happened? It didn't stay agile. You

can park that at the door of the CEO, or

you can say that it's everyone's

responsibility. To make the AT&T story

personal, think back on any piece of

knowledge, training or skills you acquired

10 years back or even as recently as one

year ago. How relevant is it today? It

doesn't matter what you knew yesterday,

it's how you're going to find out what's

worth knowing tomorrow.

For proof of this, pick up a copy of

Exponential Organizations: Why New

Organizations Are Ten Times Faster,

Better and Cheaper than Yours (and What

to Do About It) by Salim Ismail, Michael S.

Malone, Yuri van Geest and Peter H.

Diamandis.

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