Posts Tagged "learner"

How To Teach Your Brain Something It Won’t Forget A Week Later

Posted on January 12th, 2018 by The Learning Factor

Of all the things you learned in school, chances are the right way to learn wasn’t one of them.


To make it through academic life, most of us opt for what psychologists call “massed practice,” better known as cramming: It’s Monday and your test is Friday, so you save studying for the night before. One four-hour session can nab you a passing grade, so why not?


Well, because that’s not how your brain likes to absorb information. You might remember enough to pass your exam the next day, but just a week or two later and the details will already be fuzzy, if not gone completely. Here’s how to do better.

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Cramming got you through college, but it’s probably paying diminishing returns in your career. Here’s the scientific reason why.

Good Leaders Are Good Learners

Posted on August 11th, 2017 by The Learning Factor

Although organizations spend more than $24 billion annually on leadership development, many leaders who have attended leadership programs struggle to implement what they’ve learned. It’s not because the programs are bad but because leadership is best learned from experience.


Still, simply being an experienced leader doesn’t elevate a person’s skills. Like most of us, leaders often go through their experiences somewhat mindlessly, accomplishing tasks but learning little about themselves and their impact.


Our research on leadership development shows that leaders who are in learning mode develop stronger leadership skills than their peers.


Building on Susan Ashford and Scott DeRue’s mindful engagement experiential learning cycle, we found that leaders who exhibit a growth mindset diligently work through each of the following three phases of the experiential learning cycle.

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Set goals, experiment, and reflect.

The 1 Quick Question That Will Instantly Make You More Productive

Posted on May 13th, 2016 by The Learning Factor

You’re blurry-eyed and slack-jawed at your desk, staring at a to-do list so long you feel like you could wrap it around the entire earth — twice. Yes, we’ve all found ourselves in this stressful situation every now and then.

Facing a to-do list that feels completely unmanageable isn’t fun. In fact, it’s usually enough to make me want to curl up under my desk in the fetal position and hide until all of those pesky tasks dissolve away.

But, unfortunately, that tactic has yet to work out for me. So, I’ve had to find another method to deal with my mile-long list of assignments.

I’ve tried my fair share of productivity tips, tricks, and hacks that promise to help me grab the bull by the horns and conquer my to-do list with confidence and a healthy dose of strategy. However, I’ve found that most of those (although, not all!) really only manage to serve as a distraction and slow me down.

Instead, I prefer to keep things basic, simple, and intuitive. So, when looking at my overwhelming to-do list, I always ask myself this one quick and easy question to pare down my tasks and channel my focus:

Does this absolutely need to be done today?

I know, it’s so straightforward and obvious, you’re likely groaning and rolling your eyes at me right now. But, it’s actually an important inquiry that most people skip when creating their own lists. Humor me and allow me to dive in and explain why this question is so effective.

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Goodbye cluttered to-do list, hello laser focus.

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