Research has found that learning agility – the ability to grow and to use new strategies – is a good indicator of whether someone can be a high performer. Learning-agile employees are able to jettison skills and ideas that are no longer relevant and learn new ones that are. To cultivate learning agility in yourself, try:
- Innovating. Seek out new solutions. Repeatedly ask yourself “What else?” and “What are more ways I could approach this?”
- Performing. When faced with complex situations, look for similarities to your past projects. Practice calming techniques, and listen instead of simply reacting.
- Reflecting. Seek out input from others. Ask colleagues what you could have done better.
- Risking. Look for “stretch assignments” where success isn’t a given.
- Avoid defending. Acknowledge your failures and capture the lessons you’ve learned.
Adapted from “Improve Your Ability to Learn,”