A few months back I wrote an article about the value ‘stretch assignments’ in developing our leadership capabilities. An article in the recent CIPD magazine (People Management) entitled Deepening the talent pool through learning agility struck a chord with me along the same vein. It speaks of learning agility (our ability to learn and adapt to new situations) as being a key predictor of future success. Of particular interest is the graphic in the article (chart 2) which shows the step up required through each of the transitions. What makes us successful at one level may actually impede our success at the next level. The skill is to be able to learn from past experiences and adapt our approach to new situations as opposed to finding a so called ‘winning formula’ and sticking with it.
This article is well worth reading!