Step into a learning zone to realize your full potential.
- April 14, 2017
A 2016 survey involving 1,400 North America based IT Professionals and Managers found that 72% of the respondents were taking more training than required by the company.[*]
Although I did not participate in the survey, I consider myself as part of the group of 72%. I don’t wait for my manager or HR/corporate learning department to tell me what training I should be taking next.
How about you? Are you in the 72% group who proactively pursue training or in the 28% group that follow the requirements and guidelines set by your company to decide what topics – and how much – to learn?
How often do you do the following?
If you checked off 3 out of 5 listed learning activities, I think you are clearly in the 72% group – learning more than the company asks you to learn. I checked 4 out of 5 but I have the advantage of working for an organization whose primary business is education.
Are you feeling left out? No worries. I am representing Dell EMC Education Services and we can get your learning started. But before we do, let’s get in the Learning Zone.
It’s not a playground for your toddler sons and daughters. Although I have seen some kids-friendly businesses bearing this name.
This is a concept shared by Eduardo Briceño in his recent TED Talk titled “How to get better at the things you care about”.
In his talk, Eduardo shared the concept of Learning Zone / Performing Zone and how ‘We need to know when we seek to learn, and when we seek to perform.’
This is a simple but profound statement. I think what he’s saying is ‘You need to consciously switch your mind between the two zones.’
If you are busy doing, doing, doing – preparing reports, deploying IT services, on the phone talking to your colleagues, customers, managers… you are in the Performance Zone and that’s when you are most productive. However, you are less likely to expand your knowledge or gain new skills.
In order for us to switch our mind into the Learning Zone, Eduardo suggests the following.
How do we go about doing what Eduardo is talking about? How do you get good at switching between the two zones? I will be doing a few rounds of Tech-Talks at Dell EMC World in May to explore some approaches in front of live audiences. If you are headed to the event, please look for me and join me at the Dell EMC Services booth. We plan to record one of the sessions that we can share with the online audiences later in May.
You don’t have to wait for my Tech-Talk in May to start your learning. Now is a great time to get into the Learning Zone. Dell EMC Education Services team members are hard at work to prepare new and exciting learning opportunities for everyone.
Learn more at dellemcworld.com/proven . It’s never too late to register for Dell EMC World and join us and thousands of trained and certified professionals at the event.
The MOOC and Dell EMC World are just a few examples of the low-stakes islands in an otherwise high- stakes sea (work environment). Engage with Education Services today. We can share additional ideas to create an environment where reflecting and practicing becomes an essential part of your learning cycle and career development. Take a key step towards realizing your full potential.
[*]Dell EMC conducted a blind survey of 400 industry professionals and 351 customers and partners in 2016. Both groups were a blend of Dell EMC Proven Professionals and non-certified professionals in technology, banking, manufacturing, healthcare, government, education, retail, entertainment and other industries.