Learning Agility

"Knowing what to do when you do not know what to do." Kevin Cashman

In the field of learning and development of people, the capacity of Learning Agility is nowadays valued as a strategic capability for organizations, and is defined as:

"The ability to learn from experience and apply that learning to perform successfully in the face of new challenges and in situations not previously experienced"

Neuroscience-Learning Agility

The different competences that have been identified as characteristic of Learning Agility are grouped into the five major factors listed below:

Factors that define Learning Agility


Self-knowledge or awareness of one's own abilities, limitations and mental processes.


Ability to apply new thinking schemes and create new concepts and relationships among them.


Ease of interaction with people and understanding of their motivations and needs.


Predisposition to face the changes in an active way and anticipate new opportunities.


Ability to get results in novel environments never before experienced.

"It is the ability to Self-knowledge or to be aware of one's own abilities, limitations and mental processes, to understand them and to know how to manage them in order to focus them properly."

This factor is directly related to the Stress Tolerance the Emotional Intelligence and the Self-control that is, the ability to know ourselves. and be able to self-manage in a balanced way, to maintain our self-esteem and our assertiveness.


"Ability to relate elements, concepts and thought schemes in new ways to create new relationships and meanings never seen."

Creatividad-Learning Agility

It is directly related to Creativity and Innovation and also Logic , that is, to the ability of living beings to find new ways to connect what is known to create concepts, techniques or ideas that allow exploring new possibilities and solutions.

Given its importance, it has a fundamental basis in the brain mechanisms we use to interpret reality, allowing us to imagine, design and construct new realities never before explored. It is the origin of the flexibility that allows us to take risks and also solve and successfully tackle all kinds of challenges.


"Capacity for interaction with people, motivated by the understanding of their needs and motivations, and being able to lead them."

This factor is directly related to Empathy , Sociability and Influence Capacity in people. In addition, it is related to the ability to understand social dynamics and to show interest in the welfare of others. This factor is essential to be able to manage people in the long term.


"Predisposition to face the changes in an active way, adapting to them, and to anticipate the new opportunities that may arise to be able to take advantage of them."

This factor refers to the way face changes , adaptability , the initiative , and the ability to take risks of those initiatives.

It is also associated with high levels of proactive energy and the openness to experiment and live new situations without being gripped by uncertainty or fear.


Adaptación al Cambio-Learning Agility

"Ability to get results in novel, complex, changing, challenging and never before experienced environments."

This factor refers to how to take the initiative , show self-confidence , take responsibility and the ability to self- motivate oneself towards achievement.

This is the final link to apply all of the above to achieve results in these new unknown areas.