Learning used to be delivered in classrooms, from a teacher to large groups of students. It used to be formal: defined and bound by time and place. Learning used to be abstract, distanced from reality. Today, the best learning is none of this. Learning is personal: the messages relevant to your role, delivered through channels and modalities that fit into your lifestyle, fit alongside the ways you learn. Learning is more applied.
It’s also more under your control: in fact, it’s more your responsibility.
In the Social Age, the fundamental contract between organisation and individual is changing: whilst formal training and mindset tends towards shorter term, project based, reactive interventions, responsibility for our longer term development and direction rests more firmly with us. Nobody owns your career anymore, because there’s probably no such thing as career.
Constant change is the new norm: agility the skill that will let us thrive.
There’s a lot of ‘you‘ in social learning and social leadership too: your personal networks and communication are central to your reputation, power and authority. It’s our ability to create meaning in the world and to support the co-creative processes of our communities that count.