Tip #769: Trial and Error

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“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” Albert Einstein

No one ever does something perfectly the first time they try something new. But when we talk about behavioral change, we don’t mention that trial and error are a natural part of the process and that repetition until they get it right is important and necessary to build a new skill.

We say that “practice makes perfect” or perfect practice makes perfect, but we don’t acknowledge that practice means repetitive attempts that will frequently involve missteps on the path to success.

It may seem obvious, but caught in the stress of change it is unlikely that employees recognize and calmly accept that repeated failure and … Read the rest

Tip #621: Brain Facts

I like nonsense; it wakes up the brain cells.” Dr. Seuss

This Tip is drawn from Ben Nesvig’s article: “5 Brain Facts That Influence How People Learn” in a May 28, 2014 Social Learning Blog. My comments are provided in the (parentheses).

His article builds nicely on recent Tips.

I’m just going to give you the highlights. It is definitely worth your time to read the entire (short) article at: http://www.dashe.com/blog/learning/five-brain-facts-learn/

According to Nesvig, there are 5 facts about the brain that we need to know if we want to create powerful learning experiences.

  1. The unconscious mind rules the conscious mind. This explains why it is often difficult to learn something new. “When designing learning,
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Tip #576: Does Repetition Result in Duplication or Reinforcement?

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Things are not always as they seem; the first appearance deceives many. Phaedrus

An agency for which I do some consulting recently became aware that there was some repetition of content and activities in the various training programs given to new supervisors.

This overlap had most probably occurred for years. It only came to light when, due to a serendipity of scheduling, a new supervisor experienced and then articulated his concern about what he perceived to be duplication.

The agency took this matter seriously and engaged me to review the four different programs that new supervisors were expected to attend.

It became clear that there was some duplication and there were also recurrences that could be perceived as … Read the rest

Tip #390: Practice Does NOT Always Make Perfect

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“Practice puts your brains in your muscles. Sam Snead

If an activity requires an immediate automatic response, then a great deal of repetition and practice is typically necessary. However, the need for practice and its effectiveness for some skills can be highly individual. There are times when too much practice will adversely affect performance when it counts.

The questions are: “How much practice is necessary and sufficient to achieve the desired skill level?” and “When does practice defeat the intent of improving performance?”

We know that, given the choice between a new surgeon with limited practical experience or a surgeon with years of practice to hone essential surgical knowledge, skills and dexterity, we are much more likely to choose … Read the rest