The last few weeks a lot of things related to Japan popped up in different places. Ever heard someone say ‘going to the Gemba’? While we were preparing and facilitating sessions about ‘learning on the job’ we (Anouk van Hees, Ank Dierckx, Ronald de Pijper, and Dick Krikke) often referred to the Gemba (explained in the learning notes).
At the Dutch NextLearning conference Nick van Dam, CLO of McKinsey, referred to Ikigai as an important concept for staying fit for the future.
A few days later Jane Bozarth announced that the twitter chat #lrnchat included Ikigai as a discussion topic.
The Japanese inspiration continued as Evert Pruis and I had the honour to work together with Koko Nakahara, CEO at Instruction Design Inc. The three of us are delivering a session on Artificial Intelligence at the ATD conference in Atlanta later this month. This episode of the learning notes is dedicated to Koko.
I trust these ‘Japanese’ learning notes are valuable to you as a professional. As an added benefit, imagine how cool it would be to talk about Ikigai, Gemba, PechaKucha and Nemawashi at your next party.