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The Practice Feedback Goals Link

March 30, 2015

Dr. Scott Yorkovich

2015-03-30

Goals. We hear a lot about goals, and for good reason. Goals provide a target, something to shoot at. Without goals, we tend to wander. Just think about a teenage kid you know. When that young man or woman has a goal, they (usually) accomplish good things. When that person doesn’t have a goal, the best outcome is mediocrity and the results are usually worse. The same is true in other life contexts, both professional and personal. We set revenue goals, prospecting goals, exercise and dieting goals, investment goals, project goals, time goals, and so on.

What about learning goals? Why not set goals for what to learn? Yes, we should set learning goals, but do you understand the relationship between your learning goals, practice at what you’re learning, and the feedback you get on your efforts? Understanding that connection is vital for success in your learning goals.

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Sweet and Sour – Leadership Gem

March 27, 2015

Dr. Robert Gerwig

Gerwig 2015-03-27

Do you have a big “sweet tooth?” Cheesecake, brownies, cookies, pie, candy, chocolate cake, and Twinkies? Or perhaps you like sour things? Sour Skittles, lemons, and sour gummy worms? Or, like me, perhaps you like both. On a given day, I love to eat freshly made, hot chocolate chip cookies and later enjoy a really sour piece of candy, like a “warhead” (if you’ve ever had one, you know what I mean!). As a kid growing up in Southern California, I’d often eat a lemon, including the peel, at lunch only to enjoy one of my mom’s homemade desserts, such as cherry pie or brownies, after dinner. Yum!

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4 Tips for Skill Mastery – Part II

March 23, 2015

Dr. Scott Yorkovich

2015-03-23

Helping people develop new skills is a complex endeavor. There are many considerations: what they already know or don’t know; how people think; the skills and techniques of the trainers; even the motivation of the students. A bottom-line issue, though, is whether the students actually develop mastery of the skills. When we get to the end of the day (or the end of the training), employers want to know, can they do what I need them to do when it really counts?

Once again, I’m happy to share insights about these issues from How Learning Works, a very well-researched, but highly practical book for educators as well as business leaders.

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Short-term Obstacles

March 20, 2015

Dr. Robert Gerwig

Gerwig 2015-03-20

Have you ever made a big move? I’m talking about the kind where you pack your belongings and move across country. Where you change jobs, friends, schools, and time zones. Where you give up the known for the unknown. Where you change neighborhoods. Where you go from being a “senior” to being a “freshman” because you’re in unfamiliar territory. You’re kinda starting over. That kind of move.

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4 Tips for Skill Mastery

March 16, 2015

Dr. Scott Yorkovich

2015-03-16

What skills inspire awe in you? What do others do that cause you to dream and perhaps even act to develop skills of your own? As for myself, some of the skills I admire are music (e.g. singing, piano, guitar, cello, and others), sports (e.g. martial arts, gymnastics, speed skating, and several other Olympic sports), public speaking, and critical thinking and analysis. I have worked to develop a certain level of proficiency with some of these, and have succeeded to a degree, but I do not have mastery. So what does it take to develop true mastery of skills?

What are some of the keys to becoming best-in-class in a given skill set?

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