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Why "Learning Agility" matters & how to increase it

Why "Learning Agility" matters & how to increase it | Agile Learning |

"What is Learning Agility?  “The ability and willingness to learn from experience, and subsequently apply that learning.”  

Excerpted by a post by Paul Thoresen:

 It is this application of learning which differentiates those who have high potential from those who do not. Using this definition of Learning Agility includes a five factor multi-dimensional construct with several sub-factors (or dimensions). This description of the five main factors is adapted from Korn/Ferry International:

  1. Mental – The ability to think critically and be very comfortable with complexity.
  2. People – A skilled communicator and adept at perspective taking.
  3. Results – Achievement oriented and builder of productive teams.
  4. Change – Comfortable with change and seeks continuous improvement.
  5. Self-Awareness – Knows strengths and weaknesses; actively seeks blind spot information.

Lombardo and Eichinger estimate Learning Agility is high in 10% of the population. .... evidence suggests Learning Agility can be developed. It is not a trait you are stuck with; it can be increased with practice.

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Guest blogger Paul also cites 7 learning agility resources for additional depth.  ~  Deb

Paul Thoresen's comment, August 21, 2013 9:55 AM
Thank you for sharing Deb!
Raquel Oliveira's curator insight, January 4, 2015 10:32 AM

Uma das linhas de pesquisa 2015  #avancee será essa agilidade no processo da aprendizagem. Qual o limite ? Quais as melhores práticas? O que tem sido testado com resultados comprovados?

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Getting Stronger through Stress: Making Black Swans Work for You

Getting Stronger through Stress: Making Black Swans Work for You | Agile Learning |

"...our focus in modern times on removing or minimizing randomness has actually had the perverse effect of increasing fragility."

Excerpts - Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: 

...we all need to find ways to harness the power of randomness, volatility and extreme events to help us grow and develop more of our potential.

Focusing on Black Swans

Nassim Nicholas Taleb writes about black swans [including] three books: Fooled by RandomnessThe Black Swan and, now, Antifragile.

Black Swans, in Taleb’s parlance, are “large-scale unpredictable and irregular events of massive consequence.’

The latest book focuses on approaches that enable us to thrive from high levels of volatility, and particularly those unexpected extreme events.

It...willl...prove infuriating to most of our economic, educational and political elites, for he argues that these elites have played a major role in making us increasingly vulnerable to volatility and Black Swans.

...The quest for antifragility

The real opportunity, in Taleb’s view, is to learn and grow from volatility and unexpected events – not to return to where you were, but to become even better as a result of the exposure and experience.   

He makes an important point: biological systems in nature are inherently antifragile – they are constantly evolving and growing stronger as a result of random events. In contrast, man-made systems tend to be fragile, they are the ones that have a hard time coping with random events.  

Taleb highlights a key paradox: our focus in modern times on removing or minimizing randomness has actually had the perverse effect of increasing fragility.

Related posts by Deb:



Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Resilience, Robustness? - Nope.  The blog author references another author who uses nature to describe "Antifragility."   I see a parallel with the concept of Agile systems, including learning agility and "unlearning."  ~  Deb

Photo credit:  by Tamsin Slater, Flickr CC

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, April 10, 2013 2:00 PM

This post was originally Scooped in Agile Learning.  It also seems a very useful perspective for Change Management Resources with the concept "Anti-Fragile" compared to resilience and resistance.  ~  Deb

Photo credit:  By Tamsin Slater

Harry Cannon's curator insight, April 11, 2013 6:25 AM

Are we becoming too risk averse, in projects and society? We seem less tolerant of failure, which makes us less able to deal with the setbacks that do occur.

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Strategic Agility? FLIP & use Smart Mobs to thrive in our VUCA world: Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous

Strategic Agility?  FLIP & use Smart Mobs to thrive in our VUCA world:  Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous | Agile Learning |

"If you stand still, you’ll fall behind in today’s VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) world. Movement alone, however, doesn’t guarantee success." ~ Liz Guthridge

Great post by Liz!  On her blog, I commented that Liz speaks to a practical tool for VUCA preparedness so well, especially in cultivating a state of strategic agility, a big interest of mine this past year in assisting clients.

Liz is also doing some great things of interest to peer learners via her focus on smart mobs and crowdsourcing.  I've dipped my toe in the water in a parallel way to these practices via my experiences facilitating Open Space and Appreciative Inquiry and soon, my first UnConference.  All of these practices could be considered VUCA-friendly.



By committing to FLIP (focus, listen, involve and personalize), you’re leading from wherever you are. And you’re serving as a role model to encourage others to be active, not passive, about your responsibilities.


With #3, INVOLVE, Liz talks about smart-mob organizing, bringing together groups of people for a common business challenge or social change.  This can easily include social media or other technology.

  • Liz is conducting a Best Practice Institute webinar on Change Through Crowdsourcing: How to Use Peer-by-Peer Practices to Transform Organizations on June 19 at 2 pm


With smart mobs, you can collaborate and cooperate in new, clever ways faster and more effective than ever before.


Rather than be content living with uncertainty and ambiguity in a VUCA world, you’re switching them around. You’re showing “agility” instead of “ambiguity” by seeking “understanding” instead of floundering in uncertainty.

Full post here.

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Summer Reads ~ Book List

Summer Reads ~ Book List | Agile Learning |

For those interested in this curator's fave books for inspired business & life:


  • Performance
  • Planned Change
  • Disruptive, Unplanned Change
  • Strategy
  • Brain Function and Development

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Adaptation, connection and agility are the key themes.  ~  Deb

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How to Blend Face-to-Face Delivery with Online Learning

How to Blend Face-to-Face Delivery with Online Learning | Agile Learning |
  • Social media can be a powerful pedagogical tool in the classroom, but the key to its success lies in building a dynamic and sustainable 'online teacher presence'.

The 10 strategies listed offer insight into effective online tutoring techniques that complement traditional face-to-face delivery.

Here's an excerpt:

  1. Building a safe online environment, in which everyone feels comfortable and confident to contribute
  2. Allowing for social connection should come before content-oriented goals. Work on building trust before launching into lessons that warrant more complex cognitive online demands.
  3. Teacher and student commitment to encourage the growth of their 'pop-up cyber society'.
  4. Actively refer to the online forum environment whilst delivering lessons
  5. Embed positive psychology into the online educational forum.

Related articles from Deb:

Via Nik Peachey, Lukas Palecek, Juan Alberto L Uribe, Susan, Ricard Garcia, michel verstrepen
Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Insights on the magic of the blend.  ~  Deb

Monicaaparicio's curator insight, March 25, 2013 9:59 PM


Clare O'Connor's curator insight, April 2, 2013 2:54 AM

This article has a useful list of 10 strategies for making online learning work alongside face to face, or 'blended' learning.

Mike Smith's curator insight, March 10, 2015 3:04 AM