Tip #592: A Growth Mindset

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A growth mindset: “There are no such things as limits to growth, because there are no limits on the human capacity for intelligence, imagination and wonder.” Ronald Reagan

A fixed mindset: “There is a theory of human behavior that says people subconsciously retard their own intellectual growth.”  Philip Crosby

[Note: The following information is drawn from an article by Deborah Farmer Kris, “Never Too Late: Creating a Climate for Adults to Learn New Skills,” and an article by Maria Popova, “Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives.”]

In her book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, Carol Dweck writes that her twenty years of research have shown that our … Read the rest

Tip #565: The Power of Six in Training

“If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six sharpening my ax.” Abraham Lincoln

According to the Mastery Teaching Model designed by Dr. Madeline Hunter of UCLA, trainers make three decisions: (1) what content will be taught, (2) what the learners will do to learn and demonstrate their learning, and (3) what the trainer will do to create a positive and motivational learning environment.

The number six occurs during each of these decisions.

Within the content decision:

  • There are six basic steps in the design of a lesson plan for a training program:

(1) conduct a needs assessment to determine if training is needed and, if so, what needs to be covered and who needs to … Read the rest

Tip #560: We Avoid What We Are Unsuccessful Doing

On March 16, 2015, Posted by , In learning, By ,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #560: We Avoid What We Are Unsuccessful Doing

“True success is overcoming the fear of being unsuccessful.” Paul Sweeney

When my two little granddaughters visited, I had to work with the second grader on her homework. She really didn’t want to do it.

It was math homework, which was not my best subject at any age, including this one! It was immediately clear that her negative attitude, and resulting desire to get the homework over with as soon as possible, kept her from reading the complete problem or thinking through the solution. Based on the first few words in the directions, she would pull an answer out of thin air and write it down.

Okay, so that was one problem- and that was her responsibility. She had … Read the rest

Tip #537: Constant Reiteration of the Obvious

On September 29, 2014, Posted by , In learning, By , , With Comments Off on Tip #537: Constant Reiteration of the Obvious

“What is success in this world? I would say it consists of four simple things — to live a lot, to love a lot, to laugh a lot, and from it all, to learn a lot.” Richard J. Needham

I’ve become very jaded. There is no question about it. Every day, there is a new book or a webinar or a study that announces, as if it were an original thought, that learning matters, that good teachers make a difference in the lives of their students or that trainers have an important role in developing leaders, managing change, and/or transforming the workplace, etc.

Why are these considered to be startling new discoveries? Their statements and conclusions seem so obvious. The … Read the rest

Tip #336: If You Want Employees to Be Productive: Give Them What They Need

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“Give us the tools, and we will finish the job.” Winston Churchill

If a business wants to be effective in this (or any other) economy, the key is to make sure employees can be as productive as possible. This can be accomplished by: giving them what they need to be successful, and removing system barriers to employee performance.

What do employees need to be productive?

The quality management guru W. Edwards Deming said: “Eighty-five percent of an employee’s ability to perform successfully on the job depends upon the system.” By the system, he meant the policies and procedures, management style and resources of the organization.

For effective performance, employees need: clear direction, reasonable expectations, timely training, constructive feedback, good work … Read the rest