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Monday, October 15, 2012

Lessons Learned on Learning

Last week,  I talked about the best leadership lesson I took away from the book Now You See It by Cathy Davidson.   Here are some other key points I took away from the book: 
  1. Many of our educational and business institutions are still geared towards creating and maintaining a type of worker (the industrial, assembly line worker) we by and large no longer need.  Teaching to the (standardized) test and forcing routine, in-the-box tasks does us no good.
  2. Learning should be fun, make it a game.
  3. Learning should synthesize knowledge.
  4. The brain is geared towards multitasking, work with it, don't fight it.
  5. Technology does help us be more productive; we by and large cause distractions ourselves.   Read the book to find out what the head honcho of Firefox does to limit distractions that our digital world helps create. 
  6. There are so many things to pay attention to, team up!  You count the balls I'll watch for the gorilla....
  7. Unlearning is just as important as learning.
  8.  Avoid categorizing people as "normal" "not normal". Someone's "disability" could be your greatest asset as an employee.  Read the book to learn more about how autistic individuals are the best computer code testers.
  9. Learning, relearning and unlearning keep us young! 

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