Little Bets: A book review by Bob Morris

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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

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Unlocking Creativity: Are These Creativity-Inhibiting Mindsets Holding You Back?

Leading Blog

He believes that we are getting in our own way by the way we think, decide, and act with regard to the development of original ideas. The question is, do we have a people problem or do we have a situation problem? We must learn by doing.

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.)

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How to Tackle Big Challenges in A Networked World

Leading Blog

T ACKLING THE BIG CHALLENGES when there is no single, simple, rational answer can rarely be done by a single individual or company working alone. How do you design and guide complex collaborations in open, loosely connected networks when no one can tell anyone else what to do?

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The Excellence Dividend

Leading Blog

He is a fanatical lifelong learner and this book represents a summary of what he has learned over the last few decades. Machine learning and Artificial intelligence will change the way we work. He believes we need to go on the offensive creating excellence in everything we do.

All Great Employees Have This Secret Ingredient.

Rich Gee Group

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately. It has to do with their past work histories. It teaches you the value of hard work while strengthening your muscles and pushing the limits of what you can really do.

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.

Burn the Business Plan

Leading Blog

I F YOU ARE THINKING of starting a business—and apparently nine million Americans are currently thinking about it and only about 500,000 actually do each year—you will want to read Burn the Business Plan by Carl Schramm. Innovators are curious and have a voracious appetite for learning.

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.

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.

The Value of Failure

Ron Edmondson

But in my years of leading I have learned far more by what I did wrong than what I did right. The principles learned when failing have benefited me in ways I could never gain by doing things the “right” way the first time. Is found in the reward of experience.

It's Not A Gap Year! It's An Education.

Mills Scofield

Education is learning languages: the languages of words, music, math, art, chemistry, biology, etc. Education is learning paradoxes … and oxymorons. So let me highlight an oxymoron that is damaging our kids’ education: Lifelong Learning and Gap Year.

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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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.

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.

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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Think Like a Leader

Coaching Tip

That''s when reflecting on what we have been learning by doing becomes invaluable, so that the bigger changes that ensue are driven by a new clarity of self. Let it emerge from what you do by plunging into projects, experimenting with the unfamiliar and interacting with different kinds of people. Changes that stick because they are motivated by your new identity and express who you have become.

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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.

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.

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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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.

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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’?

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.

8 Success Lessons Richard Branson Didn’t Learn in Business School

Lead from Within

He says, “Had I pursued my education long enough to learn all the conventional dos and don’ts of starting a business, I often wonder how different my life and career might have been.” “Do not be embarrassed by your failures–learn from them and start again.” ” Branson believes that we learn more from our failures than our successes, and that only in understanding where you have failed can you have success in the future.

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.

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.

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.

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?

Photo Inquiry Friday: How do we Change?

Mike Cardus

“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.

59 of the Best Quotes for Entrepreneurial Success

Lead from Within

I have assembled 59 of the best quotes I can find-words that I feel every entrepreneur should live by if they want to succeed. To any entrepreneur: If you want to do it, do it now. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus. The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over. Do what you can.

3 Critical Learning Environments

Ron Edmondson

I believe in lifetime learning. The best leaders I know are always learning something new. So…if you want to be a lifetime learner… Here 3 learning environments: Learning by experience – This is where you learn by doing.

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.

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.

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.

The Four Cornerstones of a High Performance Culture, part 4

Strategy Driven

The fact is that many small- to mid-sized companies do not have a structured process from which to conduct strategic planning. This is like many adults who do not exercise, despite knowing it’s good for them. Perfect health isn’t guaranteed by regular exercise, but the likelihood of attaining good health is dramatically increased. It is, with research and analysis, the ‘answer’ submitted by the smaller group to the entire planning team.

Fast Friday: Words of Wisdom from Renato Discenza CEO of Invest.

Roundtable Talk

We want to see them succeed… to follow their passions… to do their best. Great managers do the same for their teams. Just a clarification… When I said treat employees as you would want your kids treated BY HIS/HER EMPLOYEE.

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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.

Lessons in Using Checklists for Managing Processes


Checklists are a great aid to our memories, because they document important points that we would have learned by doing things. People get blinded so much by checklist that they stop innovating, experimenting and learning. In this context, I read a review Dr. Gawande’s book written by Dr. Philip K. " My 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.

The 6 Fundamental Skills Every Leader Should Practice

Harvard Business Review

In an interview with us, reflecting back on his own development as a leader, he didn’t cite education programs or books he had read, but rather described several “learn-by-doing” experiences that would shape his successful career. Thomas J Peterson/Getty Images.

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.