Learning Agility:
Motivation and Skills for
Lifelong Learning

In collaboration with Civil Service College 

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I started on the PhD journey to find answers to the question, "How can we learn better, when machines are faster and smarter?" 4 years on, I have learnt a lot and I want to share these insights with you, in the hope that they can help make a difference! 

 

I am grateful to Civil Service College for collaborating together on this new workshop - Developing your Learning Agility. It contains all the research insights in actionable ideas to help us and our people learn deeper and faster. 

Do you or your people:  

  • Feel there is no time to learn?

  • Know how to accelerate your learning?

  • Know what skills you need to learn to thrive?

  • Find it difficult to unlearn unproductive behaviours?

  • Hesitate to try out new areas for fear of being a beginner again?

  • Know how to learn anew and find answers in ambiguous situations with no formulas? 

These are real challenges faced by busy achieving professionals.
Yet we need to overcome these challenges. 

Why is Learning Agility important now? 

  • We are solving more complex and new problems with no precedence or SOPs. We need to learn to find new answers. 
     

  • Innovative solutions often come at the intersection of different areas of expertise, e.g., HR + Tech + Data, we need fluency across different areas of expertise. 
     

  • Job roles and requirements are changing. Employees may be recruited to do ABC but with the changes, they now need to do XYZ, how can they pick up quickly?

  • Individual learning agility is a foundation for organizational agility to succeed in new business models and transformation.

For these reasons, World Economic Forum, McKinsey, Pearson, and SkillsFuture highlight learning skills as one of the top future skills

Research shows people who are resourceful learners: 

  • Have multiple areas of expertise.

  • Are more insightful and multi-disciplinary in perspectives.

  • Think actively about what they don’t know and have refined strategies to find answers in every new situation or challenge. 

  • Reflect using a third-person perspective to improve how they learn. 

Learning Agility is one of the most fundamental skills.

Learning Agility is the capability to
accelerate our learning through our motivation, attitudes, process
and workplace conditions. 

But wait, don't we already know how to learn?
 
We got our education and came this far. What are we missing? This is a totally reasonable question :)
 
Most of us can learn - we pay attention, reason and apply the ideas.

But most of us do not think about how we are learning, manage our motivation, strategize our learning process or reflect to milk our experience fully.

So we waste time and energy, and don't achieve our aspirations fully. 

But,
can we really teach learning agility? Is it a skill? 

Yes, we can teach people how to be better learners by:

  • Finding their drive for learning

  • Changing unproductive attitudes

  • Designing their learning process and

  • Creating an environment to support their learning. 

What really are the benefits of learning agility? 
 

  • Develop more skills and capabilities
     

  • Have a deeper sense of identity and go beyond your job title or functional expertise
     

  • Feel happier, more empowered and have more career options

     

Learning Objectives

By joining us for this research-based, interactive and personal workshop, you will: 
 

  • Learn research-based learning strategies to accelerate your learning process
     

  • Understand your personalised Learning Agility Profile; your motivation, attitudes, process and workplace conditions
     

  • Identify the future skills that leverage your experience and strengths for career success
     

  • Motivate yourself and create routines for learning consistency
     

  • Transfer learning to application and impact at work

     

       Here are the tools you will use:  

Still unsure? Check out what others say...

The Learning Agility workshop has triggered a lot of deep thinking on what we need to do to get to where we want in our careers. The tools and discussions gave me clarity on my direction. The DevelopforLife portal is easy to use and facilitates self-awareness. With the changing trends, this program can serve as a bridge to help people think beyond their current job scope and instill the learning mindset that learning begins with each one of us.
 
- Ong Pei Ling
HR Talent and Learning Partner, Financial Industry



Learning Agility is an important skill where we learn how to pick up other skills easily and quickly. I found the Learning Agility Profile very helpful for one’s self-awareness and giving ideas on to improve how one learns. This is a great course for companies who aspire to build a learning culture in the organization.
 
- Joseph Chee
Manager, APJC Learning and Development



Still unsure? No worries, just
book a chat to find out more :)

Here is the course outline: 

 

Pre-class work - Learning Agility Profile

Day 1 (half day) 
 

  • What is learning agility and why is it important now

  • Learning motivation based on purpose, career success and stimulation

  • Development compass distilling your learning direction

  • Learning attitudes and identifying barriers in your learning mindset

  • Blindspots and growing through the eyes of others
     

Post-class work for Day 1 - Complete Development Insights Report

Day 2 (half day) 2 weeks later
 

  • Learning process towards accelerated skill mastery

  • Strategies to learn, unlearn and relearn

  • Structure of reflection from insights to actions

  • Planning and acting on development activities

  • Workplace learning conditions

  • Designing a learning rich job and feedback routines
     

Post-class work for Day 2 - Implement 2 to 3 learning activities and receive bite-size 
learning resources

 

Integration Session (2hrs) 6 weeks later 
 

  • Metacognitive strategies and review 

  • Peer learning

Facilitator: Wendy Tan​

Join Us for a Unique Learning Agility Workshop

Check out more resources:

Listen to the Money FM 89.3's Interview with Wendy Tan

Synopsis of Agile Learning: A Necessity for the Future of Work 

Lifelong learning, which we all know is a necessity, has had to embrace a new ways due to the disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
In Career 360, Howie Lim speaks to Wendy Tan, co-founder of The Flame Centre on how the much coveted skill of agility and adaptability now extends to the way we learn.

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Check out this article on TD, a leading periodical by Association of Talent Development

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This learning agility helps us make sense of and be successful in a rapidly changing world where there is no set formula. 
 
This is critical because in today’s world: 
  • Rapid knowledge decay impacts everyone from recent graduates to mature employees. 
     
  • With disruptive change, a tsunamic wave of jobs will be displaced and new roles emerge.
     
  • New skill sets are needed in the digital world as we work alongside machines and create value that cannot be accomplished by machines. 
     
  • Organizations need the right skills set to implement new strategies successfully.
     
  • World Economic Forum, McKinsey and SkillsFuture have listed learning agility as one of the top critical skill to thrive in the future of work. 
     
  • Yet, we are typically not taught how to learn more effectively. 

 



 

  • Research-based strategies.  
     
  • Learning Agility Profile. 
     
  • Tech-enabled learning diagnostic and habit building platform.

Why Choose Us?

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What Our Audience Say

"Wendy Tan takes a holistic approach in helping teams and organizations understand the practical ways of building a conducive environment to encourage continuous learning. Wendy’s work is particularly important and relevant in the current climate with a heightened level of uncertainties. Wendy has an energetic speaking style and she offers practical advice that provide the audience with useful takeaways.”

- Vivien Li
Director, Human Resources  
Global Equality & Inclusion Quest Software
“Wendy’s subject was particularly pertinent, useful and of good value to employee and employer alike in today’s rapidly changing environment. She laid out the current employment landscape in a way that we could all see and recognize. She then broke down the various psychological barriers that we all face in our learning and showed how these obstacles could be tackled. During her presentation, I think that a number of us heard Wendy’s comments and thought, “Yes, that is me.” Presenting in a lively, interactive and friendly style, I thoroughly enjoyed and got great value from her session. Take her on and you will too.”

- Senior Legal Counsel, Software Company

Who Should Attend

Any one who wants to improve their learning motivation, mindset and process to master new skills efficiently in a no-time environment.

Organizations that support employees in their career development will reap the benefit of retaining, engaging and developing skilled talent. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Who usually attends your workshops? 

  • Working professionals who wants to improve their learning productivity to master new skills efficiently in a no-time environment.

  • A manager who cares about being more effective in developing their team.

  • An organization who wants people with relevant skills for the future.
     

Why is Learning Agility beneficial for professionals and teams? 

  • Disruption is leading to changing job roles and skills required to adapt and thrive.

  • The ability of your workforce to learn and develop becomes a key competitive advantage. 

 

How do I know you’re the best in this topic? How is this different from other “learning how to learn” courses?

  • This is not about memory techniques, how the brain works or pedagogy (how to design learning interventions). 


Will I get any certificate for attending the workshop?

  • You will also receive an e-certificate of completion from Flame Centre, which you can add to your Linkedin profile.