Weekends are time when things slow down a little. Your weekend shouldn’t be two more regular work days. That’s a sure road to burnout. Take time to refresh yourself. Take time for something different. Take time for some of that reading you can’t find time for during the week.
Here are choice articles on hot leadership topics culled from the business schools, the business press and major consulting firms. This week there are articles about training.
“First-time workers do better when trainers focus on ‘unwritten skills,’ such as how to talk to strangers.”
From Robert Ivany: The US Army’s Secret to Building a Leader-Driven, Learning Culture: After Action Reviews
“Results astounded even skeptics. The Army and eventually the U.S. Armed Forces, became far more effective learning organizations as leaders at every level integrated the valuable lessons into their next operation and into their long-range training plans. Battlefield victories in theaters from Panama, Kuwait, and Iraq, to Afghanistan demonstrated a fighting force that improved with every campaign.”
“Training mistakes can do more than translate incorrect information; they can de-motivate staff, set employees up for failure and even put them at risk.”
From Dan Pontefract: The No. 1 Reason Employees Say They’ve Stopped Learning Is Because They Don’t Have Time
“In today’s organization, speed has become a weapon against thoughtfulness and an employee’s self-development plan.”
1. When assessing how much people transfer learning to their jobs, it helps to distinguish between what people could do, from what they will actually do on the job.
Smarter and conscientious individuals are more likely to try harder in applying knowledge and skills they’ve acquired through training in a sustained way.
Increasing people’s self-efficacy, communicating clear expectations for training, and providing consistent workplace support, is likely to lead to higher transfer.”
Army Transformation: A View From The U.S. Army War College by Williamson Murray
Open to Think: Slow Down, Think Creatively and Make Better Decisions by Dan Pontefract
How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens by Benedict Carey
Every week I share some recommendations of business books that I think are worth a look. Follow this link to the most recent list.
Every Monday, I do a blog post about business reading and business books. Follow this link to the most recent post: my review of The Mind of a Leader.