I am so overwhelmed with data on a daily basis that I find it extremely difficult to pull back and see the forest from all the trees, branches, limbs, and stumps. Trend watchers help me to pull back, to knit together what seem to be disparate events and to see a bit better what is coming.
There’s a small but persistent club of folks called life-long learners. I am a diehard member of this club. I can’t think of a time when I am not pursuing the acquisition of some new knowledge or skill. To me, learning is really about challenge. It is about starting from zero and trying to achieve some form of mastery. (more…)
It is part of human nature to bring to any new situation our wealth of past assumptions, beliefs and experiences. As we travel down the various paths of professional advancement, we accumulate a hoard of internal rules and logic based on our successes and, more painfully, our failures. This lifetime of accumulated learning makes future decisions easier and easier – if it worked before, do it again.