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Learn In

I was intrigued by a recent broadcast that suggested job seekers focus on what they could learn in a job instead of the stability or potential longevity a position or career might offer. While most of us would agree that new learning can be exciting and challenging, we might also admit that it can be scary.

Yet a bit of scary might be just what is needed to revitalize workplaces.

Instead of believing that organizations should provide all that we need to be satisfied and engaged contributors, what if we shift our mindset to one where learning with and from our colleagues and the organization is paramount?

The overwhelming response to Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg confirmed the need for an intentional shift away from what we can’t do (or have) to what we can do. While this book focuses on gender equality, the message is all about making the changes we want to see in the world.

If you are:

  • Thinking that your current job lacks the luster it once had or;

  • Are looking for a position that will provide an environment for personal and professional growth and development; or

  • Are contemplating an entrepreneurial venture ...

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Am I bringing all of my learning to the work that I do and the people I work with?

  • Am I open to learning new ways of doing and being that will benefit me now and in the future?

  • Am I committed to taking responsibility for revitalizing my workplace so it is a place that I and others really want to work?

If you can say yes to these questions, then:

  • Learn about your potential and passion;

  • Learn from the experiences you have;

  • Learn with the people who are equally excited about working in an environment where challenge and change are welcomed and embraced.

In short, LEARN IN to each day as if it is the first day in your job. Your curiosity, passion, and excitement can be the spark that’s needed to bring life to your work and your life.


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