Jaclyn T. Badeau
Pulse Point – Learning Journey – An Experiment with ChatGPT and How to Embrace a Learning Culture
Learning is a lifelong process, a journey if you will, through your personal and professional life. This is a core value of mine, and I can say I truly learn something new every day, whether it is how to improve at something, a new perspective I hadn’t thought about, a concept that has challenged me, a new skill altogether, etc. Learning is the journey on how to grow, develop, and evolve as a human and you can learn a lot of different ways. Therefore, since one of the hot focuses of conversation of how technology can change the way we interact and learn is by utilizing ChatGPT, I thought I’d see it’s perspective on learning journeys… So, I went to ChatGPT and asked it to “write an article about how learning is a lifelong process along your personal and professional journey.” Here’s what it returned:
“Learning is often associated with the early stages of life, where education is a primary focus. However, the notion that learning is solely confined to classrooms and formal education is a misconception. In reality, learning is a lifelong process that extends beyond the boundaries of academia and continues throughout our personal and professional journeys.
Throughout my own life, I have come to appreciate the importance of continuous learning and its transformative power. From my early years in school to my current professional endeavors, I have witnessed firsthand how learning has shaped and enriched my personal and career growth.
In the early stages of life, learning is formalized through schooling. We are introduced to a wide range of subjects and acquire fundamental knowledge and skills. It is during this time that we develop a strong foundation upon which we build our future endeavors. However, this is only the beginning.
As we enter the professional world, we quickly realize that the learning process does not cease with the conferral of a diploma. In fact, it becomes even more essential. In today's rapidly evolving society, where technological advancements and changing market dynamics are the norm, the ability to adapt and learn becomes paramount.
In my professional journey, I have encountered numerous challenges and opportunities for growth. Each new project, task, or responsibility has presented an opportunity to expand my knowledge and skillset. Whether it was mastering a new software, developing a new strategy, or collaborating with diverse teams, I have continually pushed myself to learn and improve.
Moreover, learning goes beyond acquiring technical skills. It encompasses personal development as well. Emotional intelligence, communication skills, leadership abilities, and critical thinking are just a few of the areas in which we can continually refine our expertise. These skills not only enhance our professional capabilities but also contribute to personal fulfillment and success.
One of the most valuable lessons I have learned along my journey is that learning is not limited to formal structures. It is a mindset and an attitude that can be cultivated in various ways. For instance, reading books, attending seminars, participating in workshops, and engaging in online courses are all avenues through which we can expand our knowledge. Furthermore, seeking out mentors and engaging in meaningful conversations with experienced individuals can provide invaluable insights and guidance.
In addition to external sources, self-reflection and self-awareness play crucial roles in the learning process. Taking the time to evaluate our experiences, strengths, and areas for improvement allows us to set personal learning goals and devise strategies to achieve them. By embracing a growth mindset and embracing challenges as opportunities for growth, we can navigate the complexities of life and continuously evolve.
Learning is not a linear process but a lifelong journey that encompasses personal and professional growth. It requires an open mind, a willingness to step outside of our comfort zones, and a dedication to self-improvement. The world around us is ever-changing, and to thrive in such an environment, we must commit to learning, unlearning, and relearning throughout our lives.
As I reflect on my own journey, I am grateful for the opportunities I have had to learn and grow. Each experience has contributed to my personal and professional development, allowing me to adapt and navigate the challenges that come my way. I look forward to the future with enthusiasm, knowing that the learning process will continue to shape me into the best version of myself.
In conclusion, learning is not confined to the classroom or a specific phase of life. It is an ongoing process that accompanies us throughout our personal and professional journeys. Embracing lifelong learning not only enriches our lives but also equips us with the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in a rapidly changing world. So, let us embrace the journey of lifelong learning and unlock our full potential.”1
Surprising, or maybe not so surprising, I relate and agree with the findings it returned; this technology is fascinating! Of course, it has major limitations as well as they include right on the home page:
May occasionally generate incorrect information.
May occasionally produce harmful instructions or biased content.
Limited knowledge of world and events after 2021.
But this experiment was a way to embrace and try another technology and way of learning along my learning journey. I hope you also are encouraged to explore different ways of learning!
As far as learning in an organization, I immediately think of how companies with a continuous learning culture can have a competitive edge. The Forbes article, “How To Foster A Culture Of Continuous Learning,” discusses embracing this mindset:
“Speed, agility, flexibility – companies value these traits today. Such characteristics come only when an enterprise has employees who are inquisitive, engaged, think dynamically and have the ability to make decisions quickly to impact the business. To build such an organization, corporations must nurture a culture of continuous learning – something that seems intuitive but is quite challenging.”2
The article continues to discuss the day-to-day activities that often disconnect organizations from this important culture element and offers “Tips To Build A Continuous Learning Culture”:
“Gain an understanding of what type of learners are in your organization.
Recognize what employees value.
Create user-friendly learning materials.
Formalize the learning process by implementing peer coaching.
Set learning goals and support your team in accomplishing them.”2
Many benefits and points of interest of a learning culture were also noted:
“Continuous learning firms are 46% more likely to be first to market.
They experience 37% higher productivity.
They are 92% more likely to innovate.
Positive impact on retention.
Number one reason why respondents begin to look for a new job is an inability to learn and grow.”2
Embracing a learning culture in the workplace is a “no-brainer” and it’s part of the employee engagement experience. To assess where you and your organization are in your employee engagement culture journey, download my “Culture Pulse: Employee Engagement Questionnaire” here: https://www.badeauconsulting.com/culturepulseeequestionnaire
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I look forward to providing monthly pulse points to help you stay up to date with how the workplace culture scene is evolving.
About Jaclyn T. Badeau, CPA, CGMA, MBA, EQ Certified
Jaclyn Badeau is the Founder and President of Badeau Consulting. She specializes in employee engagement initiatives that help companies inspire confidence back into their team for innovation and growth. Jaclyn’s background in cultivating high performing teams, delivering coaching and mentoring, serving as a global business risk advisor, and facilitating internal and external leadership training to a global workforce gives her the unique perspective of what employees need and what works. She is also a multi award recipient and passionate about sharing her expertise and knowledge in volunteer advisory and leadership positions roles for many associations and not-for-profits.
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