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10 Simple Ways to Learn Something New Every Day

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At Herrmann we talk about learning as a mental process that leads to lasting change in knowledge, behavior or both. A key word to notice in that sentence is process. It’s not an outcome; it’s the action. It’s what you have to keep doing to keep growing.

Now that doesn’t necessarily mean dropping everything and taking a six-week course or attending a formal lecture. It could. But it could also mean taking advantage of the everyday opportunities you have to pick up a new insight, expand your horizons or stretch your thinking in different directions.

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5 Learner Mind Hacks To Help You Grow Beyond What You Know

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In a recent post, we talked about why it’s important in today’s world to be a learner, not just a knower. But what does being a learner really look like? Here are some quick mind hacks to keep you learning and growing so you don’t fall behind.

1. Try Something—Anything—New

Brain research shows that novelty boosts memory, enhances learning and even motivates us to seek out new rewards. But you have to be intentional about looking for the new, because the brain naturally discards and filters for what we know, filling in the blanks to be most efficient.

The good news is, there are countless ways you can inject some novelty into your routines. Change up your office. Rearrange the furniture or adjust the lighting. Visit places off your beaten path. Read websites, books and opinions you’d typically ignore. Mix up your “go-to” problem-solving methods. Build on your knowledge with new facts that push the boundaries of what you’ve always known.

Choose behaviors that open you up to a world of fresh sights, sounds and ideas. These are the seeds of learning.

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Be a Learner, Not a Knower

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Everyone knows butter is bad for you. Or we used to know. Then new research proclaimed butter is back. But is it out again? Who knows?

From the personal to the large scale, our knowledge of everyday issues continues to evolve, and that pace of change is only picking up. What “everyone knows” today could be obsolete tomorrow.

This is particularly true in business. There’s a reason why the business world has latched onto the US Army War College acronym “VUCA.” What better words could you find to describe today’s business environment than Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous?

It feels good to build up deep knowledge in a certain area. It gives you confidence and comfort, and it can allow you to keep chugging away without having to stop and think. You’re in the groove. Organizations also have many grooves, which become collective pathways that can accelerate getting things done. They can also create inertia and become major roadblocks.

Getting in the groove is easy. Getting stuck in a rut is the danger.

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The Brain & the Future of Learning: A Q&A with Ann Herrmann-Nehdi

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The brain is getting a lot of attention in corporate learning and development circles these days. But the growing interest and discussions about neuroscience and its relevance to learning, along with continued questions about the value of brain training games, can make it difficult to separate the breakthroughs from the myths.

We recently had a chat with Herrmann International’s CEO Ann Herrmann-Nehdi who shared some of her insights about the brain training fad as well as her thoughts about the future of learning.

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Why You Should Reconnect With Your Teenage Risk-Taking Brain

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“How about we all go bungee jumping after today’s session?”

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Effective Personalized Learning for the Masses: Oxymoron or Opportunity?

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In today’s always-on, always-connected world, learning has no boundaries. It might happen through group discussions on a messaging app like Slack, or via a how-to video on YouTube, or by competing against people from around the world on a gamification app accessed from a smartphone or tablet.

Between mobile devices, social media, MOOCs, real-time messaging apps and more, learners are becoming accustomed to taking control of their own development and choosing the options that appeal to them. Particularly for Millennials and younger generations entering the workforce, this kind of self-directed approach is what they know and what they expect.

But as more employees are looking for ways to personalize and direct their own learning, L&D professionals are struggling with how best to facilitate it. For one thing, the systems have been slow to keep up, so just the thought of tracking and managing personalized learning for a population of any significant size can be overwhelming.

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Whole Brain® Content Libraries: Supporting L&D as a Strategic Partner

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Over the past several years, we’ve heard a lot about what learning and development (L&D) needs to do to earn its “seat at the table” in today’s business environment. As long as it’s viewed primarily as a support (aka cost) function, it will continue to be viewed as a cost to be minimized.

Many of the L&D professionals and consultants we work with are leading the way in what’s known as “high-value L&D.” They don’t look at L&D as a function that provides some training and resources to employees, with a primary goal of checking the box to show that you’ve done it. Instead, they’ve turned L&D into a strategic enabler of the business, one that drives specific and mission-critical business goals. Their focus is, as author Mike Hawkins explains, “on shaping the desired culture, fostering new ways of thinking, developing new behaviors, and driving strategic opportunities.”

This is one of the reasons our global innovation team has been working behind the scenes over the past several months to explore new and different ways in which we can support the high-value L&D objectives of our clients.

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Failure IS An Option: Olympic Lessons in Resilience

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On day one of men’s tennis action at this year’s Olympics, American Jack Sock, ranked 23rd in the world, was quickly eliminated from singles competition after he lost in straight sets to 118th-ranked Taro Daniel of Japan.

It wasn’t his first setback.

Just one day before he was scheduled to leave for Rio, Sock was diagnosed with walking pneumonia. But neither the coughing and aching or the first-round loss would knock him down for long.

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15 Ways to Celebrate World Brain Day

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In celebration of World Brain Day 2016 on July 22, we’ve been thinking about some easy ways to keep your brain in tip-top shape so you can get the most from your brainpower. This year's theme is "Brain Health and the Aging Population," so we're paying special attention to tips for maintaining a sharp and healthy mind.

Here are 15 ideas to get you started:

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The Best Employee Training for Recent Grads? Creating Lifelong Learners

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Hiring recent grads: Must be a strong writer, public speaker, critical thinker and complex problem solver. Well-developed analytical, technical, interpersonal and communication skills required. Looking for a team player who also possesses effective leadership qualities. Focused attention to detail and solid data orientation a must.

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