Posts Tagged "learner"

Good Leaders Are Good Learners

Posted on August 11th, 2017 by The Learning Factor

Although organizations spend more than $24 billion annually on leadership dev2elopment, 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 dev2elopment shows that leaders who are in learning mode dev2elop 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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5 Habits Of Great Leaders

Posted on May 10th, 2016 by The Learning Factor

The habits of the best leaders are well documented. They’re self-aware. They admit mistakes. They take care of, recognize, and communicate well with their teams.

But what do these inspirational people do on their own time? What goes on behind the scenes that helps them be so effective on a day-to-day basis?


“I’ve definitely noticed some things that great leaders tend to do,” says Danielle Harlan, founder and CEO of The Center for Advancing Leadership and Human Potential, an organization that helps individuals and organizations maximize their impact. And the things they do behind the scenes make all the difference when it comes to their professional leadership ability, she says. Here are five such common habits.

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The best leaders are busy during their downtime, but not in the ways you might think.

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