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Lifelong Learning » Why learn?

Learning is an essential management skill. It involves acquiring, sorting, analysing and storing information. Information is what underpins all human action. You can learn by obtaining new information; by combining existing information into new patterns; and by finding new meaning in existing information.

As well as acquiring information, you need to be able to use it. It's all very well knowing everything there is to know about fly-fishing, but if you never get to fish, where is the value in your knowledge? Information is a vital tool, but must be coupled with practise - of the techniques of fishing, playing squash or whatever else it may be - in order that it may be used effectively.

The final consideration is how well you are able to do what you want to do - your level of competence. You do not have to be the best and most successful fly fisher in the world to be competent and to enjoy it, and the same is true of your development as a businessperson. There is nothing wrong with aspiring to be the best there is, in fact it has much to commend it, but it is perhaps more realistic for most of us to aspire to be the best that we can - or need - to be.

So, we need information, we need to practise to turn the information into a skill, and we need to develop to a standard in order that we may be confident of competence. The necessary standard will be set by the market in which we operate, or, if you are pursuing a qualification, by the examining or awarding body. Achieving that standard is your ultimate goal.

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