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January 8, 2019

Learning From Experience – #MTtalk Roundup

“People never learn anything by being told, they have to find out for themselves.” ― Paulo Coelho, Brazilian novelist Facing a new year, I've always wondered what the next 12 months may hold. Perhaps if I knew what was going to happen I'd be able to plan better. However, even with planned events I don't always feel […]

September 13, 2018

Become a Learning Dynamo and Forget Failure

How can today's organizations keep up with the pace of change? For Bradley R. Staats, the answer is easy: we all need to keep learning. Most people would agree that sounds sensible. The hard part is making it happen. "That's really where, organizationally, we run into trouble," Staats says. He describes how this problem nagged […]

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March 22, 2017

Lively Debate Focuses on Learning Styles

You are not learning anything by reading this so I suggest that you stop right now. It's OK, I'm just joking. But I'm not the only one raising doubts about an accepted approach to how we learn. A group of leading academics in Europe and the US marked the start of international Brain Awareness Week on […]

February 7, 2017

#MTtalk: How Do You Like to Learn?

I could drive a car by the age of 13. Of course my mother didn't know, until the day that she wanted to teach me to drive. When I got behind the steering wheel of her car, I started the engine and drove off, with her making all kinds of odd noises in the passenger […]

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March 31, 2016

Take Your Team's Learning to the Top Level

"Learning is an experience. Everything else is just information." – Albert Einstein. Have you ever had to show your team members how to use a new system, or teach them a new skill? Did you struggle to hold their attention, or worry that your message wasn't getting through? People have different learning styles, and it […]

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November 24, 2015

Think Carefully About Immediate Action!

I recently completed a self-assessment questionnaire, to discover what kind of learning best suited me. The assessment was based on a model created by Alan Mumford and Peter Honey, and it divides learners into one of four categories: activists, reflectors, theorists, and pragmatists. A good many of my Mind Tools colleagues took the same test, and the […]

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November 13, 2015

Learning: What's Your Style?

What's your reaction when your manager tells you that you're going to be doing some training? Do you jump for joy, and think about all of the new things that you're going to learn and how they'll help you do your job? Or do you shudder at the very thought, and picture yourself sitting in […]

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May 26, 2015

Are Learning Styles Going Out of Style?

How do you learn more quickly and thoroughly? Some say they learn best through hearing and speaking about new concepts. Others prefer visual presentations. Kinesthetic learning is a preferred style for some. That is, they like to touch and get their whole body involved. Is your best learning sequentially (step-by-step) or holistically (examining the big […]

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