Never Stop Learning: Stay Relevant, Reinvent Yourself, and Thrive

Keep learning, or risk becoming irrelevant. It’s a truism in today’s economy: the only constant is change. Technological automation is making jobs less routine and more cognitively challenging. Globalization means you’re competing with workers around the world. Simultaneously, the internet and other communication technologies have radically increased the potential impact of individual knowledge. The relentless dynamism of these forces shaping our lives has created a new imperative: we must strive to become dynamic learners. In every industry and sector, dynamic learners outperform their peers and realize higher impact and fulfillment by learning continuously and by leveraging that learning to build yet more knowledge.

In Never Stop Learning, behavioral scientist and operations expert Bradley R. Staats describes the principles and practices that comprise dynamic learning and outlines a framework to help you become more effective as a lifelong learner. The steps include: Valuing failure; Focusing on process, not outcome, and on questions, not answers; Making time for reflection; Learning to be true to yourself by playing to your strengths; Pairing specialization with variety; Treating others as learning partners. Replete with the most recent research about how we learn as well as engaging stories that show how real learning happens, Never Stop Learning will become the operating manual for leaders, managers, and anyone who wants to keep thriving in the new world of work.

Praise for Never Stop Learning

Once upon a time, competitive advantage belonged to the people who knew the most. Now it accrues to those who know how to learn the most. Brad Staats is a leading expert on learning, and his book will take you through the latest evidence on accelerating your learning at work.
Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take, Originals, and Option B with Sheryl Sandberg
A brilliant tutorial in how we learn — or more often — how we don’t. The essential guidebook to prepare for a new age.
General (Ret) Stanley McChrystal, Commander, International Security Assistance Force and Commander, U.S. Forces Afghanistan, bestselling author of Team of Teams
In this astute work, Bradley Staats describes the forces that are propelling us into an economy that values the ability to learn above all else. Using a mix of behavioral science and operations research, he demystifies the learning process and explains how each of us can become a dynamic learner. This book is essential reading for anyone hoping to learn faster and better.
Daniel H. Pink, author of When and Drive
In Never Stop Learning, Brad Staats provides a practical roadmap to one of the biggest challenges facing leaders today. Now more than ever, the best leaders know they need to be lifelong learners in order to stay ahead of the curve. Never Stop Learning is packed with powerful insights and tips to help you master the art of learning.
Matthew Breitfelder, Chief Talent Officer and Managing Director, BlackRock
Never Stop Learning is the best book ever written about how you, your team, and your organization can keep learning to do better and more fulfilling work. The studies provide delightful twists and the stories are instructive and inspiring. Staats weaves it all together to create a masterpiece that is so fun to read and so useful that you won’t be able put it down. And, after your done, you will never think about your work in quite the same way again.
Robert Sutton, Stanford Professor and author of national bestsellers including Good Boss, Bad Boss and Scaling Up Excellence
With change accelerating, the ability to learn has become the quintessential business skill. Yet most people aren’t very good at it, and most company cultures subtly discourage it. Teaching people and companies to become fast, effective and continuous learners, which Staats does compellingly in this new book, is a fundamental first step toward conquering the future.
Alan Murray, President, Fortune
If we are to succeed in this ever-changing environment then learning and adapting is absolutely critical. In this book, Brad Staats unpacks the science of why we don’t learn at work and compellingly shows us how we can do better. A vital guide for thriving in the 21st century.
Francesca Gino, Harvard Business School Professor, author of Rebel Talent and Sidetracked