I was assembling a piece of “big box” furniture for my guest
room last week, and the experience presented a metaphor for job-related
learning. (It helps to break out of our
traditional assumptions about professional development and observe what happens
in everyday life, where we’re actually learning all the time.)
In this case, I thought about how my learning process
started, well before I opened the box and spread the pieces of my purchase over
the guest room floor.