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One of the highlights of the HFMtalentindex 2019 Learning Agility Seminar was the addition of an Insights Board – a way for delegates to share their thoughts and questions about Learning Agility. MC Rob Jardine noted on the day that the act of writing down questions and learnings as they happen is a proven neuroscientific method to increase both the memory retention and the impact of these insights.
As promised, we have put together a list of our top questions and themes that emerged from the insights of our seminar delegates:
Many insights shared by delegates commented on the fact that change is exponential and that its effects are already starting to be seen in the South African workplace. Along with this, delegates expressed the concern that their businesses were not doing enough to define and keep pace with these changes, and the awareness that Learning Agility is a key factor that employees need to harness to remain up-to-date and relevant.
When discussing the topic of the 4th Industrial Revolution, people often express fears that AI and digitisation will lead to organisations becoming more technology-driven and less people-driven. However, delegates at the seminar felt very strongly that human connectedness needs to be at the root of any changes encountered in organisations, and that the agility of people and the people themselves are the most important elements for success.
Knowing the importance of agility is one thing, but it is another thing altogether to nurture agility – in yourself and in others. This desire to develop Learning Agility is a core theme amongst HFMtalentindex clients and was also expressed by delegates at the 2019 seminar. Dr Meyer, our keynote speaker for the day, touched on education and Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) in her presentation; this led to delegates sharing insights on these topics and indicating that they are going to encourage the use of MOOCs in their organisation.