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Lifelong Learning Powers Industries, Careers and Lives

As the global dialogue continues around the need to grow our data skills, it becomes increasingly clear that continuous learning is something we all have to embrace to stay marketable. But beyond marketability, I’ve found that I’m most engaged when I’m learning, when there are new challenges to tackle, new puzzles to solve. It’s what keeps us engaged, and should be an intrinsic part of how we think about our career and life paths.

I had a chance recently to guest on a leading podcast, and the conversation touched on this topic of lifelong learning. It was the perfect setting; the Mission Daily team is devoted to “accelerated learning” and drills down on questions that range from significant to truly cosmic, in the fields of technology, industry, science and politics. I sat down with Chad Grills, host of the podcast and CEO of The Mission, a podcast/content juggernaut, for an enjoyable half-hour conversation that went live just a few days ago.

We discussed the importance (and joy) of learning not only in terms of personal growth, but as a crucial element for building a workforce that’s essential to a fast-growing company like Splunk. One key competency, as our world becomes more oriented around machine learning, is the combination of adaptability and learning. To be successful, we all need to love learning and, through that love, increase our ability to embrace change and tackle new challenges. The formula for building an innovative company, then, is to surround yourself with eager, lifelong learners.

I believe we’re going to need, as a society, to focus heavily on learning and data literacy. Globally, our cultures and economies will be significantly impacted by artificial intelligence, automation and other technologies in the years ahead. We certainly need to rethink the infrastructure around education. And at the same time, we need to double down on our personal investment in learning, in terms of the opportunities we seek, the moments we seize, and how we surround ourselves with like-minded, lifelong learners.

Because there’s so much to learn, and that’s the exciting part.

For my full conversation on the April 18, 2019 episode of The Mission Daily podcast, check out this episode link, or find it in your podcast app.

Doug Merritt
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Doug Merritt has served as Splunk’s president and CEO and a member of the Splunk Board since 2015. Previously, Doug served as senior vice president of field operations at Splunk from 2014 to 2015. Prior to joining Splunk, he served as senior vice president of products and solutions marketing at Cisco Systems, Inc., a networking company, from 2012 to 2014. From 2011 to 2012, he served as CEO of Baynote, Inc., a behavioral personalization and marketing technology company.  Previously, Doug served in a number of executive roles and as a member of the extended Executive Board at SAP A.G., from 2005 to 2011. From 2001 to 2004, he served as group vice president and general manager of the Human Capital Management Product Division at PeopleSoft Inc. (acquired by Oracle Corporation). He also co-founded and served as CEO of Icarian, Inc. (since acquired by Workstream Corp.), a cloud-based company, from 1996 to 2001. He holds a B.S. from The University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. He was born in 1964 and attended Miramonte High in Orinda, CA. 

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