What have you learned over the past three months?
I’ve learned that if you go for a run in my neighborhood at 5:30 pm, you have the best chance to see the most dogs walking about (especially the golden retrievers). I’ve learned that there’s a reason why I eat out most of the time (two kitchen fires so far). And I’ve learned (most important of all) that learning is the key to resilience.
The COVID-19 pandemic is a tragedy. It will continue to be a tragedy. We also must consider it a learning opportunity, even if that may feel insensitive. If we don’t learn from what we are experiencing right now, we may not be able to do what’s necessary to keep our communities, organizations and employees safe and productive moving forward in real life.
Learning doesn’t stop for disruption (no matter how unprecedented). Every day, when we go to work, turn on the TV, or scroll through social media, we learn as a result of our current shared experience. We’re learning what companies value as they make decisions that improve (or do not improve) how they support their people. We’re learning how broken systems and convoluted processes fail to protect the most vulnerable. We’re learning how simple gestures can make a huge difference. And, if you’re reading this article, you’re learning about the role L&D can play when the chips are down and it’s all hands on deck.
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