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There are five situations in which individuals typically seek out learning. If you are considering continuing your education, it may be helpful to better understand these moments to determine what you are looking for each learning opportunity to deliver.
Mosher & Gottfredson have identified five moments in which we learn.
I’m always on the lookout for ways to improve my time-management skills and increase my productivity. In the past I’ve written about how to work smarter, not harder and explored the difference between busyness and productivity. In more than a few blog posts, I have stressed the importance of taking frequent breaks to allow your mind to recharge and improve motivation.
Remaining teachable should be at the top of your personal and professional development goals. What does it mean to remain “teachable”? It means fostering, maintaining and pursuing the desire to listen and learn. By listening and learning, you will grow. Being teachable is not something that you’re born with, it’s not a matter of competence, it is more a matter of attitude. It’s being open to learning, and relearning, throughout your life.
If you’re anything like me, there are a hundred things vying for your attention online every day. From the moment my eyes open until I log off and head to bed, I’m bombarded with messages, personal emails, work emails, etc. Every day, I try to selectively choose what gets my attention and, particularly when work is crazy, I make sure to build in mini-breaks. During those breaks, I step away from projects and seek out information that will make me think, laugh, and even cry. These breaks improve my productivity as I go back to the task at hand feeling refreshed.
All of us experience moments where we find ourselves contemplating our life decisions. Sometimes it’s a big event, like a break-up or a health crisis, that pushes us to take a closer look at our life. Other times, it might be a small rumbling in the universe that feels suspiciously like discontent that leads us to wonder if we should be doing something differently.
Whatever leads you to the brink of change, taking the steps to refresh or reset your life can be daunting.
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Today I found myself doing something annoying. I was pulling together an invoice and had questions about who had been paid this, and how much we’d paid for that. I knew we had the information somewhere in the office, most likely in a file marked “project expenses”. However, I found myself calling out to my assistant and asking her. I reasoned that she would know right where to look and be able to put her hands on the needed documents faster.
A few events happened in my personal life recently that made me re-examine the sales process. The first event centered around my son leasing his first condominium. The saleswoman showed them the unit, got them to the point of signing, and then stopped communicating with them altogether as her part was done. A better sales approach would have been to take a moment and realize that these were young kids, nervous about their first official rental, and then walking them through the entire process right down to the key transfer.