I was searching for a photo of Peter Drucker when I came across this 14-year-old article by him on the experiences that had shaped him. The third experience, where he talked about learning a new subject every 3 years, resonates with me. It reminds me of what Steve Jobs said about learning calligraphy in college, something that had no practical application at that time but which proved useful later in his life. It seems that not being able to see the usefulness of something should not preclude one from learning it. Last week, a client told me that she was going to attend a change management course in the US. My first reaction was to ask her how the course would be useful in her work. Next time, I shall be asking “What next?”.
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