Don’t Commit Learning Suicide

Last week I had to undergo a minor medical procedure, nothing drastic, but something that previously would have necessitated a hospital visit was now completed at my GP’s surgery, quickly and conveniently.

To make the most effective use of time, I’d summoned my Virgoan traits of common sense and organisation and booked an appointment with the nurse to discuss the results from a series of recent blood tests on the same morning.

Lady Luck was on my side for once, and there was barely any waiting time between the two appointments. I was called into another consultation room by the nurse, and she quickly located my results.

Thankfully, the outcome was good, but I did want to ask one or two questions. As we sat talking, my nurse said she would Google a couple of pieces of information, to give me some further detail, and as she was doing so, she said “thank goodness we’re in this consultation room, if we’d been in my usual room I couldn’t have accessed the internet”.

I must have looked confused as she quickly added that only the doctors had internet access, and luckily for us, the air conditioning was being repaired in her usual office, therefore we’d struck gold with her temporary location!

Her comments made me think back to my previous role, having to justify my need for internet access. As a manager within the People Team, the internet was an essential tool, yet it felt as though access was a privilege, with more restrictions than freedom.

Whilst I do understand the need for guidance around safe use etc, if you continually curtail access, then the behaviour simply goes ‘underground’, with colleagues taking themselves off to the loo or a quiet corner to access the web. Treat adults like children…you know the rest!

Twice over the weekend my other half sought out YouTube as his teacher of choice for DIY skills – that’s how we instinctively learn now, socially, informally, bite-size and at the relevant time.

My own learning style has changed since joining the Chrysalis Team. Social Media is my best friend and I’ve learnt so much from my growing Twitter and Linkedin networks – yet I have never once felt the need to covertly access the internet, in fact I’m encouraged to openly embrace my own personal development through reading, social media interaction, webinars, Twitter discussions, when I want and how I want – no barriers, and total trust. I’m an adult, I don’t need a wordy policy to know that I take full responsibility for my own actions!

Learning should be natural, organic and constant, not restricted and repressed.

Don’t commit learning suicide.

Live and learn…

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