Little Bets: A book review by Bob Morris

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Bob's blog entries Amazon’s Jeff Bezos Bill George Bing Gordon Chet Pipkin Chris Rock Constant experimentation (“learn by doing”) is fundamental to this approach constant iteration (reiteration?)

10 reasons to stop giving advice


It took me a long time to learn that others don’t really want my advice. I know that even when others ask me what they should do, I rarely have the answers that are best for them. I’m also a self-defined helper, and when others are stuck my first reaction is to save them by giving my advice. In the end, telling others what they should do is really quite selfish; it feeds me and doesn’t help them. Just ask them what they’d do and then watch them do it.

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Lessons in Integrity from Madoff?

Next Level Blog

This is one of those “learn by doing the opposite” kinds of posts. It’s inspired by a few New York Times stories earlier this week on a new book that the surviving son of Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff. Please click the headline to read the whole story. executive presence Leadership Personal Presence Bernie Madoff integrity

109: Act Like a Leader. Think Like a Leader. | with Herminia Ibarra

Engaging Leader

To take your next step toward great leadership, do you start with introspection and learning to think like a leader? Or do you put yourself into positions where you are forced to learn by doing? It’s sort of a chicken-or-the-egg question.

How to Get Over Not Letting Go

Next Level Blog

There’s a really interesting think piece in the New York Times this week by Carl Richards titled “You Probably Have Too Much Stuff.” Inspired by Hyde’s example, Richards writes of getting rid of some of his own stuff and what he’s learned by doing so: Click headline to continue. In it, he tells the story of a guy named Andrew Hyde who, in preparing for a trip around the world two years ago, sold everything he owned except for 15 things. Here’s his list.)

5 Insights on Creativity from Osho


This led me to think more about creativity – the act of doing something in an unconventional way, the act of creating something meaningful that changes you and hence the world. When you do things with a purpose of gaining recognition (and hence satisfy your ego), creativity is limited.

Too Much Celebration Around Failure?


What’s important is being able to tell the difference between the productive failures, where you were a bit overly ambitious but learned important lessons, and wasteful failures, where you’re just throwing out ideas without thinking them through beforehand. We learn how to walk only after we stumble a few times. We learn by doing, failing, adapting, learning and then applying that learning all over again. Failure is glorified.

In 100 Words: Learning (and Teaching) to Fly


Here’s how eagles learn to fly. Mother supports while the eaglet learns by doing. - – – – -. When the baby eagle (eaglet) has fully developed wings, the mother hovers above the nest with a piece of food in her claws.

What You Need to Understand About Adult Learning Theory

Nathan Magnuson

Which session did you learn more from? Regardless of your function or industry, learning plays a key role in business effectiveness. No one was born knowing how to do any job – and even with all the preparatory training we’ve received over the years (e.g.

The way we learn


Have you noticed that when you’re a passenger in a car driven by someone else (or when you drive and rely on your GPS), that you may not remember the way to get to the same destination the next time? do it for them. With learning comes motivation, making your job easier.

Millennials: 3 Characteristics that Define how they Approach the Workplace


Going through programs such as daycare and after-school sports — something their parents or grandparents did rarely — has also shaped the way millennials learn and interact. Because they’ve been working with peers their whole lives, they learn best through collaborative efforts.

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Do you know what you think? Listen to what you say.

Jason Womack

Do you know what you do? What have I learned by doing this? I do more than I think I do. This gives me semi-objective information and allows me the time to assess the balance between what I intended to do and what I actually put my attention on.

Learn from Mistakes

Self Help Zen

“You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.” ~ Richard Branson. Do you remember a mistake you made in last 30 days? Do you remember what you learned out of it? A mistake is the best thing that can happen to you when you learn from it. Here’s how our conversation went: Vicky: What do you think of it? Me: The one that you can do everything possible to make successful.

Intangible Loss of Outsourced Innovation

Mills Scofield

I’ve been thinking about the 2 nd , 3 rd order effects of outsourcing, especially now that some companies are either doing or seriously considering insourcing. I agree with many who believe we learn by doing. Many innovations arise by trying to do something one way and figuring out a better way or an entirely different way to do it. Perhaps because they learned to? So, have you tried to quantify your ‘learning by doing’?

It's time to "M.O.V.E." on - the newsletter edition

Jason Womack

Use all three of your learning and working styles to align goals. . c: Kinesthetic: Touch it, sense it, get it and do it. Those of us who learn by doing need to know what it feels like - and what it will feel like - to move in the direction of our goals.

6 Lessons Every Great Leader Learns on the Job

Lead from Within

If you’ve ever taken leadership courses or training you have a good start, but there are some lessons that you can only truly learn on the job through trial and error. Here are six of the most important lessons that every great leader will end up learning on the job. The courage to be yourself: You can’t learn how to be authentic; you just have to be real. The post 6 Lessons Every Great Leader Learns on the Job appeared first on Lolly Daskal.

Intrapreneurship in "Social" Business

Mills Scofield

Allen Kramer , Brown '13, is going to change the world - so listen, learn, apply, iterate. __. A powerful way to do this, called mobile recruitment uses text messaging (SMS: Short Message Service) to allow workers to find jobs. Where do the unemployed go to look for work?

Fortune Cookie - Recapture Your Awareness

Building Personal Strength

“Normally, we do not so much look at things as overlook them.” - Alan Watts, American philosopher (1915-1973) One of the benefits of living in the Texas Hill Country is the thriving Farmer's Market we visit every Saturday. And the only way to do that is to learn by doing.

New Year’s Leadership Development Goals 2017 Edition

Great Leadership By Dan

OK, so we’re one month into the year by the time I got around to posting this. I’ll learn more about my strengths and weaknesses. I’ll take a multi-rater assessment or figure out some other way to get an accurate assessment as to how I am perceived by others.

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The Road Trip, the Goats, and Mindfulness

Building Personal Strength

Then we go to the fence to watch them pass by. Learn by doing. Learn mindfulness by being mindful and getting better at it with experience. Post by Dennis E. Yesterday I posted about mindfulness.

If Risk Knocks At The Door. Will You Answer It?

Lead from Within

We settle for mediocrity: we allow ourselves to believe that sameness will give us what we want, when what we are really doing is closing ourselves off to possibility and significance. We do not learn by doing, we learn by risking.

10 Great Quotes from the Greek Playwright, Sophocles

Building Personal Strength

Integrity - "I would prefer even to fail with honor than win by cheating." Self-development - "One learns by doing a thing; for though you think you know it, you have no certainty until you try." Post by Dennis E.

4 Important Steps To Quit Porn Once And For All

Ron Edmondson

Honestly, I don’t do a lot of them, but this is an important topic. The thought of stopping “cold turkey” can overwhelm and discourage many people, but by taking some time to develop a Plan of Action, you can set yourself up for success. Today I am willing to learn by doing.

Photo Inquiry Friday: How do we Change?

Create Learning

“We are what we repeatedly do. By the nature of being human and having the ability to speak, frame stories + experience in the past, present, and future. This weeks inquiry How do we Change? Go do it…and report back on your success. michael cardus is create-learning.

Research: Writing a Business Plan Makes Your Startup More Likely to Succeed

Harvard Business Review

Advocates of “learning by doing” approaches such as the lean startup say it is better to act, improvise, and pivot than to waste time and resources on a 20-page plan that won’t survive first contact with the customer. ” “Where do we want to get to?” For every study that shows it does, another study comes along and says that startups should learn by doing. Jennifer Maravillas for HBR.

What Startup Accelerators Really Do

Harvard Business Review

In a recent analysis published by the Brookings Institution, I tackle some of the confusion around startup accelerators by laying out a clearer picture of what they do, and how they differ from other early-stage institutions. Sponsored by Northern Trust.

To Persuade People, Trade PowerPoint for Papier-Mâché

Harvard Business Review

PowerPoint asks your audience to learn by listening. We wanted our audience to learn by doing. We knew from research that experiential learning outperforms passive instruction, so we converted our hallway into a public benefit office that simulated the environment that caseworkers and residents experience every day. With PowerPoint, the size of the presentation is constrained by the technology or the screen size.

Public Speakers Practice Public Speaking By Speaking Publically

Tim Milburn

I’m not against learning better practices, identifying key strategies, and gleaning from the wisdom of others. By all means, read, study, and learn. Like most anything else – you learn by doing. To learn to ride a bike, you must get on the bike.

Reading List: Midcareer Crisis Series

Harvard Business Review

How do you get the training or education you need to switch careers if you’re already struggling to spend quality time with your family? We can all learn from her experience with the challenges and trade-offs of multiple reinventions.

How much Face Time are you getting?


People learn by doing. They not only get good at what they do, they learn how and when to adapt. In his book Creating Minds, Howard Gardner talks about the 10 Year Rule , which was first identified by psychologist John Hayes in 1989. Face Time as a KPI.


Put Failure in Its Place

Harvard Business Review

As we practice innovating we are propelled up a personal learning curve — and we begin to accomplish our dreams. As we learn by doing and do by learning something will eventually (and inevitably) not work. I've learned it is important to grieve.

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Your Leadership Development Program Needs an Overhaul

Harvard Business Review

Here’s what we’ve learned from three pioneering companies about how to identify, grow and retain leaders to meet today’s demands: Identify: Let them innovate. To identify leaders, start by looking for people who care deeply. Time and money are limited so participants learn to enlist peers and even bosses as volunteers. Consider Barclays and two examples of intrapreneurs from programs run by the bank in 2013 and 2015.

Companies Are Turning Drones into a Competitive Advantage

Harvard Business Review

We expect the drone market to surge to nearly $7 billion by 2020 globally, driven by regulatory clarification, continuously decreasing component costs, and – most important– ongoing innovation that connects drone capabilities to big-data analytics. Sponsored by Accenture.

Make a Decision


It's that old Yoda line about do or do not, there is no try. That can be difficult to learn for those of us who are perfectionists. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that doing so would improve the caliber of our thinking. This is an aspect of leadership that must be learned by doing or else you might not believe its wisdom. There are notable exceptions, but in most cases a clear decision is better than hesitation or half-hearted execution.

Lean IT Leadership: Top 10 lessons from Mike Orzen

2020 IT Leader

Here are some of the things you’ll learn in this video: #10 Don’t delegate Lean. #9 9 Do Support learn by doing : Develop internal Lean IT coaches, Standard Lean IT Training, make room for improvement projects and daily Kaizen (2-4 hrs per week). #9+

If You Want to Lead, Read These 10 Books

Harvard Business Review

There were no books by women on the list. The Innovator's Dilemma by Clayton Christensen (which is also on John Coleman's list) builds on the notion of a growth mindset more specifically within a business context. With all this learning by doing, setbacks will be inevitable.

Bologna Shows How a Business Cluster Can Stay Vibrant for Centuries

Harvard Business Review

The innovation of the Bolognese silk makers was to operate the Lucca machine with a hydraulic wheel, instead of by hand. Thanks to this technological innovation— made possible by Bologna’s canals and ample supply of water—by the 15 th century, Bolognese mills had expanded from small-scale production to busy factories that took up three or four floors. Dextrous female workers measured the powder by hand, before stuffing it into individual paper packets.

Sticky Situations: how to navigate management landmines

Roundtable Talk

For those who missed it, here’s a few of the lessons learned from a discussion that ran the gambit from how to manage a difficult employee to what it’s like to work for a crazy boss. If conflict makes you squeamish, if addressing performance is something you avoid, or if you’re just too blunt for your own good, then think about what you can do to get better. Assume good intent … most people don’t go in to work to do a lousy job. Most people want to do well.

What Does an Aspiring Founder Need to Know?

Harvard Business Review

Should Alice go to graduate school, or keep learning on the job? ” Could these findings be skewed by the fact that we surveyed MBA alumni? Respondents emphasized that the skills required by a founder change as their venture matures. So, the crucial skill is learning how to form a founding team that can cover the gaps. Being able to craft and communicate a compelling story about why you are doing what you’re doing can inspire others to join you and fund you.”

Why Kids — and Workers — Need to Get Their Hands Dirty

Harvard Business Review

What do kids today do instead? Manufacturers, those companies that create physical products requiring a blend of high-tech electronics and physical components, do. Assemble by two people. With senior engineers as mentors, participants learn by doing. A 32-person team of mostly engineers will do everything from procuring and installing the avionics package and power plant to developing and performing the flight test program.