In Hiring For Skills Of The Future: Part Two (Forbes, 10 Feb 2021) Yolanda Lau provides three additional skills of the future, how to hire for them and how to teach and/or acquire these skills. The first is Lifelong Learning And Coachability
“A 2017 Deloitte report states that professionals in software engineering, marketing, sales, manufacturing, law, finance and accounting must update their skills every 12 to 18 months. Time is a scarce commodity, and you don’t have time to hire and train new people with this frequency. One way around this is to hire on-demand workers for specific projectsas needed. However, I would argue that even when working with independent contractors, it’s best to work with people who love to learn, who love to receive feedback and who can quickly get up to speed in changing circumstances.”
The underlying skill required here is “learnability” or “learning agility” – the desire to be constantly curious and learning new things. But in the workplace it is becoming a necessity.
Are your managers recruiting for “learnability”?
What techniques are they using to check for learnability skills?
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Fostering learnability is at topic we look at in MWL 2021 in the section on Inspiring managers. It’ll be important for them not to just recruit for learnability, but nurture and reward learnability too.
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