Friday, May 6, 2016

Accelerating Learning

We sent the young one out to a summer camp. A six day wilderness camp. It was his first away from home experience. The camp seemed to be well organized. With activities, work, time for reflection and so on. He was also alone - had no friends - so he had to make new friends.

After those six days, he said, home is so easy after the camp. Asked him what that means. He said, there things will difficult - but here at home, everything is there. Comfort. The parental brain thought - wow, that is some learning.

Then he spoke about doing things on his own - which as any child would, he is not won't to do at home.

About making friends - what makes the human connect.

About caring for others.

I was amazed at the learning, the humility, the steps he had grown in those few days.

This will be one of his stand out learning experiences for some time I suppose!

Some processes like these do accelerate learning. There are situations also which do that. At times this happens in organized training as well and it is worth reflecting upon...

Uberization of work

I read this with a lot of interest. It picks on the buzzword that has been floating for some time - around what is known as the 'Uberization of work'.

Here it says,

The future certainly looks bright in our eyes. In coming decades, vertical labor marketplaces will open up important resources for consumers, and hundreds of thousands of employment opportunities for the growing freelance community. It’s the global flywheel at the heart of our new labor economy.
I am not entirely sure of the implications of this, but for sure, this is an increasing trend. If you really want to do something you are passionate about, it is a great idea to go out and do it. And it already exists in many skillsets. 

Now the interesting part is that within a company - rather most companies this trend is hugely opposed. There are silos of roles, rules, departments, kingdoms, geographies and egos among other things that prevent this from happening. 

Developing thought as I wrap my head around this...