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Cognitive Load Theory – Making Learning More Effective

[ad_1] Helping People Learn Effectively © iStockphotorweisswald Have you ever been on a course where the trainer went through his material so quickly that you barely learned a thing? Or maybe the content was so complex that it went completely over your head? In this article, we'll look at Cognitive Load Theory (CLT). This takes a scientific approach to the design of learning materials, so that they present information at a pace and at a level of complexity that the learner can fully understand. How Do We Process Information? Cognitive Load Theory builds upon the widely accepted model of human information processing shown in Figure 1 (this was published by Richard Atkinson and Richard Shiffrin in 1968.) It describes the process...

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Staying Challenged – Stepping Outside of Your Comfort Zone

[ad_1] Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone © iStockphotoalexxx1981Take yourself out of your comfort zone. Do you ever feel that you're stuck in a rut? Most people get this feeling at some point in their working lives. When we fall into predictable routines and get too comfortable in our roles, we tend to "play it safe." We feel bored and less fulfilled, and we end up achieving only a fraction of what we're capable of. This is why it's so important to push yourself regularly, and to try new things. Challenges, whether running a marathon or learning a new skill, can bring a sense of power and exhilaration. When challenged, we feel fully alive and engaged, because we're actively participating in life, and...

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Using Stretch Goals With Your Team – Inspiring Excellence in Others

[ad_1] Inspiring Excellence in Others © iStockphotoGannet77 Some of the world's greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible. – Doug Larson, journalist. Think about some of the things people have accomplished that previously seemed impossible: examples include the Wright Brothers' first flight, space exploration, face transplantation, and the eradication of polio in India. We can achieve greatness by setting extremely ambitious goals – these can push people to new heights and inspire them to do amazing things. However, if we set goals like this carelessly in the workplace, they can backfire and lead to loss of credibility, disengagement, stress, and burnout. Goals like this are often known as "stretch goals." In this article, we'll...

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Improve Your Concentration

[ad_1] Achieving Focus Amid Distractions   How many times have you sat at your desk and tried to focus on a task, only to find that your mind is wandering? Despite your best intentions, you just can't concentrate. We've all been in this familiar, frustrating situation, and it's something that can really undermine your performance.   In this article, we'll review strategies to improve your concentration and reduce your daily distractions. Learn how to improve your concentration,in this short video. Environment Your personal work environment plays a large role in your ability to concentrate. The more comfortable and welcoming your environment is, the easier it will likely be for you to stay there and focus. Here are some ideas for...

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Overcoming Impostor Syndrome – Facing Fears of Inadequacy and Self-Doubt

[ad_1] Facing Fears of Inadequacy and Self-Doubt © iStockphotofotosav The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts. – Bertrand Russell, British philosopher. When you think of your greatest achievements to date, do you feel proud of what you've accomplished? Or do you feel like a fraud? Does each raise, promotion or accolade bring joy? Or is it accompanied by the dread that, one day, your cover will be blown, and everyone will find out that you just got lucky, and arrived where you are by mistake? If you experience feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt, you may be surprised to learn that you are in...

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The Hedgehog Concept – Using the Power of Simplicity to Succeed

[ad_1] Using the Power of Simplicity to Succeed © iStockphotolorenzo104 If you could choose to be a fox or a hedgehog, which would you rather be? Many people would choose to be a fox. After all, foxes are beautiful, sleek and cunning. Hedgehogs, which are small, prickly creatures found in Europe, Asia and Africa, are quite the opposite: slow, quiet and plodding. So what do foxes and hedgehogs have to do with your organization's success? In short, everything. In this article, we'll look at the Hedgehog Concept, and we'll discuss why it pays to be a hedgehog in business. About the Model The Hedgehog Concept is based on an ancient Greek parable that states: "The fox knows many things, but...

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Handling Long-Term Absences in Your Team – Preparing Early for Extended Leaves

[ad_1] Preparing Early for Extended Leaves © iStockphotoenergyy Chin-Hae handles some of his company's most important accounts, and his team leader, Jan, depends on his contribution to get the team's job done. Unfortunately, a member of Chin-Hae's family has fallen ill unexpectedly, and he needs to take some time off to care for her. While Chin-Hae is away, Jan telephones him frequently to say that work is piling up. She tells him that his colleagues are struggling under the extra workload, and that they have to work longer hours to cover for him. She hints that, if Chin-Hae stays away much longer, she might have to hire a permanent replacement. Chin-Hae finds this extremely stressful. He feels under pressure to...

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Creating Minimum Viable Products – Learning What Customers Really Want

[ad_1] Learning What Customers Really Want © iStockphotoa4ndreasFocus on a simple version of your product before you develop a richly featured version. When companies come up with new products or services, they can spend many months developing their "perfect offerings," which they load with features they think customers will love. However, when they finally release these products, many of them find that customers aren't interested. Clearly, this is a disaster! Instead, they could have developed "minimum viable products," or MVPs. With this approach, you release a bare-bones product, so that you can quickly learn what people want and what they don't. You can then make fast adjustments based on early feedback, so that, in the end, you create a product or service that's valuable,...

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DO IT – A Simple Process for Creative Thinking

[ad_1] A Simple Process for Creative Thinking © iStockphotodp_photoGet creative with DO IT. How many times have you got stuck trying to find a creative solution to a problem? It's not always easy to come up with good ideas, and you can fall into many thinking traps along the way. For instance, you might assume that your first idea is the best one, without having explored alternatives. Or you might generate so many potential solutions that you don't know which one to implement. This is when it helps to use a problem-solving framework to guide you. In this article, we'll look at "DO IT" – a simple process that you can use to strengthen your creative thinking, and come up with...

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Centering – Maintaining Focus in Stressful Situations

[ad_1] Maintaining Focus in Stressful Situations © iStockphotoicefrontCentering helps you stay calm and grounded. Imagine that you're about to give the most important speech of your life. The audience is packed with people you want to impress. How do you feel? According to a 2012 survey by Karen Dwyer and Marlina Davidson, public speaking is our number one fear. If, like many people, the prospect of speaking in front of an audience is your worst nightmare, you'd probably be terrified. There are all sorts of occasions in life when our nerves can get the better of us. Feelings of anxiety – a rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, sweating, and light-headedness – are normal in these situations. Fortunately, with a little practice,...

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