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Tip #804: Train Your Trainers!

On January 6, 2020, Posted by , In trainers, By , With Comments Off on Tip #804: Train Your Trainers!
“I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.” John Steinbeck
As the world moves at a faster and faster pace, with continual innovations and changes both presenting opportunities and taxing company’s capabilities, skilling, upskilling and reskilling have become a necessity. The responsibility for providing that training primarily falls on company trainers. And how is that training delivered?
“Slightly more than half (54 percent) of the formal learning hours used in 2018 were delivered using the traditional, live, face-to-face classroom, similar to the previous year.
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Tip #803: The Biology of Learning

On December 16, 2019, Posted by , In brain research, By ,,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #803: The Biology of Learning

Learning is about biology.” James Zull

I have been reading an intriguing book, The Art of Changing the Brain- Enriching the Practice of Teaching by Exploring the Biology of Learning, by James E. Zull. Professor Zull is a Professor of Biology and Biochemistry at Case Western University and the Director of The University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education.

Kolb’s Learning Cycle and the Brain

Zull correlates David Kolb’s experiential learning model with how the brain physically functions.

Kolb’s experiential learning model is a cycle of learning that begins with concrete experience. The cycle then moves to reflective observation, abstract hypothesis and active testing, which starts the cycle again.

The passage below is drawn directly from Zull’s … Read the rest

Tip #802:  Decisional Balance

On December 9, 2019, Posted by , In management and leadership, By , , With Comments Off on Tip #802:  Decisional Balance

“There is no decision that we can make that doesn’t come with some sort of balance or sacrifice.” Simon Sinek

We are faced with decisions, both large and small, every day. Some decisions are easy to make: “Should I hit the Snooze button?” “Will I have fruit pie or ice cream for dessert? Oh, I can have both! Just heat the pie, please.” Others are more difficult, because there are consequences: “Do I change my lifestyle to improve my health?” “Do I stay in my current job or do I take a different one?”

This is where decisional balance comes in handy. It takes decision making beyond simply weighing the pros and cons of the career move (a change). It … Read the rest

Tip #801: Being an Adult

On December 2, 2019, Posted by , In brain research, With Comments Off on Tip #801: Being an Adult

“Successfully functioning in a society with diverse values, traditions and lifestyles requires us to have a relationship to our own reactions rather than be captive of them. To resist our tendencies to make right or true, that which is nearly familiar, and wrong or false, that which is only strange.” Robert Kegan

We know that children grow in stages (for example, we’ve heard of, if not experienced, the terrible two’s). Well, according to Dr. Robert Kegan, a former Harvard psychologist, adults also transition through different stages. Becoming an adult isn’t about learning new things, it’s about transitioning into higher stages of development and maturity.

Natali Morad describes these five stages:

  • Stage 1 — The Impulsive Mind (early childhood). Here the
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Tip #800: Seven Profiles of Agile Learners

On November 25, 2019, Posted by , In learning, By ,,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #800: Seven Profiles of Agile Learners

“Learning agility: knowing what to do when you don’t know what to do.” Hallenbeck, Swisher and Orr

The following information is drawn directly from “Seven faces of learning agility” written by George Hallenbeck, Vicki Swisher and J. Evelyn Orr.

Agile Learner Qualities

Learning agility is the ability and willingness to learn from experience and then apply that learning to perform successfully in new situations.

People who are learning agile:

  • Seek out experiences to learn from.
  • Enjoy complex problems and challenges associated with new experiences.
  • Get more out of those experiences because they have an interest in making sense of them.
  • Perform better because they incorporate new skills into their repertoire.

Seven Profiles

Recent research by Korn/Ferry International has determined … Read the rest

Tip #799: How to Be an Agile Learner

On November 18, 2019, Posted by , In learning, By , With Comments Off on Tip #799: How to Be an Agile Learner

“Ultimately, our ability to continuously learn and adapt will determine the extent to which we thrive in today’s turbulent times.” Adam Mitchinson and Robert Morris

When I first heard about agile learners, I thought they just learned more quickly than other learners. However, my research reveals that agile learners have many more qualities that are increasingly necessary in this volatile, uncertain, changing and ambiguous world.

Definition of Agile Learner

One source defines learning agility as “the ability and willingness to learn from all kinds of experience and use those lessons to perform effectively in new and different situations…an individual’s adaptability in learning new ways of coping with unforeseen problems and opportunities.”

A White Paper written by Adam Mitchinson and … Read the rest