Continuous Learning is a widely embraced career strategy among professionals at all levels in all fields. It’s a broad, vaguely defined concept that makes sense at a time when everything is changing all the time.
For individuals, it means constantly developing familiarity and skills with new tools and techniques as they are adopted within your profession, industry or company. For companies, it means fostering ongoing learning and growth among employees as part of the plan.
Rather than yet another management fad, Continuous Learning is a foundational change in company cultures being driven by the accelerating rate of changes in business—whether they be short-lived fads or long-term shifts in how companies work. Digital transformation, evolving business models, zig-zagging markets and economic turbulence worldwide require that companies keep abreast of new developments across the board. Even success and growth bring challenges, as they may not have been in the roadmap.
“Organizations are becoming aware that from a leadership perspective, they need to develop not just individual but collective capabilities — mindset, leadership and knowledge,” said Jacqueline Brassey, McKinsey’s Director of Enduring Priorities Learning and a researcher at the School of Economics at Vrije University in Amsterdam.