How would you look at continuous learning? As an individual, it would be all about expanding your ability to learn by regularly upgrading your skills and increasing your knowledge. At least that is what Google tells you when you put in a search for Continuous Learning. But is that all? It is one thing to learn a new task or a new activity that you can put to good use, but what about things you learn along with learning all those activities, projects, etc. during the sessions? For example, improving your skills as a presenter.
For Avinash, presenting at MyNextHire’s Continuous Learning session was more than just presenting an activity. It was about how meticulously he planned the entire session that he was supposed to present under the Arts and Crafts theme. As a Software Engineering, it could have been a part of his personality or an acquired skill. Or something that he might have noticed at the previous sessions and wanted to make a difference when it was his time to present. Whatever the reasons, it was an excellent example of how Continuous Learning can enhance your skills.
For those who came in late, at MyNextHire we have these awesome sessions for our team members. Sessions where each team member presents an activity – it could be anything – drawing or painting, crafts, games, tricks – anything that others can learn from and imbibe. An initiative that has turned out to be a great morale booster for all of us and yet something that keeps the team spirit alive at all times. Avinash’s session was about a craft activity. A colourful wall-hanging from plastic bottles. But it had a theme – to reinforce team spirit. It also had a target. Complete the activity in the stipulated 30 minutes of the session. It also had a mission – it had to be made out of waste material (another best from the waste idea).
As with every task that involves teamwork, this project needed some well thought out planning. Avinash was one step ahead. He made the task achievable in the time span that was allocated. Now, here is how he brought out his skill set into the play. He knew what would consume the most time in the session. The plastic bottles. He knew cutting them into the desired shaped would consume a lot of time and the teams would fall behind. He made sure not just to cut out the desired shape from the plastic bottles beforehand, but also the desired number of cutouts for each team to work on. That is some resource allocation! He was also ready with the rest of the things that were needed – glue, wool bundles of various colours and a pair of scissors.
Talk of great organizational skills! We have a leader in the making who is not only keen for his team to achieve their targets, but also makes sure that they get all the help and support that is needed. The result of the initiative called Continuous Learning.