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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 30 2012: The pace of change and desire to understand a topic, concept or a pattern has necessitated the inquisitive individual to be a "relentless learner" to navigate through our daily life.

    Granted this is not something new but the source for knowledge and learning are increasing by leaps and bounds to benefit both the privileged and the under privileged.

    Digitization,the internet, on line education/courses and associated technologies like search engines, Wikipedia etc. have aided this learning process.

    Knowledge is increasing at a faster pace and the individual who can understand and abstract it to recall and leverage it at the time of need becomes the "talent" the world is searching for.
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      Jul 30 2012: On that same note, while digital and internet may have helped provide answers for those who seek, it's has also helped in taking away many peoples desire to work out problems of their own accord. There's a lot in observing the quality of students in our modern age who no longer read because they can just "Google it" or cannot even read a map because they're used to asking their phone where to go. So when is it we draw the line between gratuitous provision of knowledge, and earning it?

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