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The Relentless Learner has become the most important person in the worldwide search for talent. How can we identify them?

Most relentless learners are independent learners. The take programs, attend events, go online and learn in as many ways as they can. And they learn because they are driven to know and know-how things are done. When that thing is related to their performance at work, they trump what is casually referred to as "talent" and leave static event-based degrees and certifications in the dust. Every great innovation and invention can be traced to a relentless learner, yet they are the least understood, rewarded and identified hidden asset an organization or field of study can have. How do we identify and support the relentless learners?


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  • Jul 25 2012: Agreed. I was one of those kids that was always "daydreaming" and "not paying attention" to the boring lesson and was reading so much that i was literally chased out of the house by my dad. I was relentless and have remained so to this day. So there are people who managed to get past the stultifying system and stay relentless. Who are they? How do we identify and reward and support them? They will be the place where innovation and creation comes from. And we should decided now that No Child Left Behind means no child with the great overarching desire and will to learn has that "relentless learner" shackled and closely bound to the curiosity of only the things they want to consume.
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      Jul 26 2012: I think that we then just need more people to understand the second group that Maximilian refers to as. And thus, we would need the first group, because the first group sounds like they're more understanding of others, like they sound like the people who want to see the big picture, while the second group want to focus on a specific thing down to its most technical sense. So I think there needs to be a higher demand for the first group, so that the second group can be accepted by society, as they would thus be more understood.

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