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The Problem with Learning Is Unlearning

A stereotype of older people is that they get set in their ways, and even if something better comes along, they would rather stick with what they know. This attitude can unconsciously work its way into otherwise good employees too. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Mark Bonchek discusses the challenge of “unlearning” for the sake of improvement. The Stubborn Problem He begins by explaining that unlearning is different from forgetting; after all, people ...

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It’s the Company’s Job to Help Employees Learn

People are not robotic in nature. Confining workers to a box where they continue with the same repetitive task will only kill their soul and belittle their learning abilities. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic and Mara Swan explore how the workforce has evolved from the mundane to encouraging workers to maximize their learning. A Concentrated Strategy According to the article, a person’s “employability” actually depends on what the person is likely ...

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To Stay Relevant, Your Company and Employees Must Keep Learning

What skills do professors need to teach college students in order to prepare them for the dreaded “real world” of business? As it turns out, no such skills exist. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Pat Wadors explains that candidates need to be continuous learners instead. Lifelong Is Just Long Enough Randall Stephenson, AT&T CEO and Chair, believes that employees should never stop learning, and in fact they should be spending five to 10 ...

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Rethinking How IT Drives Business Value in a Digital Age

The days of IT holding a monopoly on technology are long gone. Instead, people with technological questions will ask anyone, even their middle-schooler. In an article for The Enterprisers Project, Sven Gerjets discusses how this can become a problem for IT departments that refuse to adapt their ways of delivering value. Learn the Difference Take for example the technology that allows a person to take a picture of a business card, and then it creates ...

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Getting Beyond the BS of Leadership Literature

Every person who would seek to improve their leadership skills through a good book should be applauded. However, there are some things that a person can simply not learn from reading, and unfortunately, leadership might be one of them. In an article for McKinsey & Company, Jeffrey Pfeffer explores how to move past the simple leadership literature and develop tangible management skills. From Theory to Practice There is a wide array of leadership failures in ...

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The Culture of Sharing: New Learning for Service Management Staff

What is the foundation for performance of an organization? The people in the organization, and their capabilities, are the greatest asset and indicator of performance success. In a post for All Things ITSM, Michelle Major-Goldsmith elaborates on the importance of continuous learning and sustainable knowledge for those working in service management. There are a variety of different learning styles, and it all depends on the personality of the individual. The primary focus of the service management ...

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A New Mobile App for IT Learning and Earning PDUs: The Great IT Professional

If technology is upgrading the way we run IT, then technology should upgrade the way we learn to run IT too. To that end, the IT Metrics and Productivity Institute (ITMPI) has released its new mobile app, The Great IT Professional, which provides instant access to over 1000 hours of educational lectures covering all aspects of the software development lifecycle and IT management spectrum. Over 200 of the world’s leading consultants have so far contributed ...

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5 Common Obstacles to Digital Learning

The business is looking for IT to fulfill a new role as teacher when it comes to emerging digital trends. The problem is that IT ain’t much of a teacher quite yet. In an article for The Enterprisers Project, Carla Rudder explores a Harvard Business Review study of 450 business leaders and outlines the common adversity working against digital education. There are five challenges people need to overcome in order to further their digital education: ...

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Why Organizations Need to Make Learning Hard

We live in a fast-paced world, dependent upon instantaneous results. However, in the grand scheme of things—and for the sake of our long-term memory—this is not necessarily a great thing. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Dorothy Leonard explains why businesses need to make learning a challenge if they want people to retain any information. Learn It and Retain It It is easy to get swept up in the fast-paced learning environment, but unfortunately ...

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The Best Leaders Are Constant Learners

How useful would it be to possess the technology to see into the future and anticipate imminent needs? Kenneth Mikkelsen, writing for Harvard Business Review, proposes an idea that the best leaders are those who can learn quickly and adapt accordingly, basically becoming clairvoyant all by themselves. A little knowledge smartly shared and applied can go a long way. Learn or Be Left Behind Leaders cannot rely on detailed maps to guide them through the ...

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