Continuous Learning

june 2018
When I first moved to Boston, I was inspired to learn how to sail by all the sailboats racing in the Charles River. I grew up in Tennessee, which is a land locked state, and sailing is limited.   So, I started at stage 1 of the learning process, unconscious incompetence. Found a teaching sailing club on the Charles River, where I took some classes, learned the sailing language and attempted to sail. All I could think about was not capsizing. 

With much practice I moved past stage 2, conscious incompetence, and started sailing on my own, stage 3, conscious competence. It took an entire summer, but I finally made it to stage 4, where sailing became “second nature” or unconscious competence and I could share my new skill with others. This new skill opened the pathway to learn more skills. There is always a larger or faster boat to master. 

A culture of continuous learning is vital for development and innovation. New technology is developing rapidly, and employees are living longer. It is more important than ever for employees to oversee their own learning and know what they need to learn to stay agile and adaptable. At Trelleborg, employees are taught early in their career the importance of continuous learning and the role it plays in continuous business improvement. 


Victoria Samples

Product Development Engineer