Most of us nowadays do knowledge work. This is the type of work which doesn’t need much physical strength, but relies more on mental ability.
People who carry out knowledge work gain more knowledge as they do their work. Therefore as new knowledge accumulates the nature of the original work continually changes.
There are a number of implications here. But the three which I think are the most interesting are:
- Since there is continual change, there is always room to innovate
- If a knowledge worker or an organisation is not continually changing, then by definition they are not learning
- If an organisation doesn’t allow you to change, then that organisation is stopping you from learning