Continual learning is essential for development in any organisation.
On The Mentor with Mark Bouris, Captain Richard De Crespigny, famously known for piloting QF32 to safety after a mid-air explosion in 2010, talked about how people who think they’re experts can lead to a path of destruction.
“They say “I’ve been in this trade for 30 years, I don’t need a government or royal commission to tell me what’s wrong, what do they know - I’m an experienced person”, to which I say that experience can be a curse,” Richard said.
“For a doctor who doesn’t keep his experience trained up, or a pilot who doesn’t keep learning new procedures - if you don’t keep developing, you drift to failure.”
But there are some simple steps for people to approach lifelong learning.
“Experience can be a curse if you don’t commit to a lifetime of learning, adaption and change,” Richard said.
“You have to accept that the knowledge you have today might not be needed tomorrow, and commit to a lifetime of learning.”
But that’s not to say that people can’t be experts in their fields - confidence from experience is very valuable.
“Confidence can be great, it builds courage and intrepid fearlessness, but if we’re over-confident and think we know it all, that’s the second before we make a big mistake,” Richard said.
“We need a chronic unease to always look for the things that might go wrong and look for the threats and then stop them or mitigate them.”