What you know and learn that informs your view of the world, your industry and business?  What skills do you have that helps you be successful in your business?  Your knowledge of business, industry and specific aspects of your business and markets is essential for your business success.  Similarly, you may need specific skills to succeed in your business.  Typical sources of knowledge and skills are colleges, universities, training programs, online MOOCs (massive online open courses), conferences, seminars and such.  You can also acquire knowledge and skills on-the-job.

How to Become an Expert - A Conversation with Dr. Anders Ericsson, Author of PEAK - Part 1 of 2

How to Become an Expert - A Conversation with Dr. Anders Ericsson, Author of PEAK - Part 1 of 2

Most of us recognize the value of becoming an expert at something that makes us more valuable in society. But, most of us do not know how to go about it. Dr. Ericsson is perhaps the world’s expert on how to become an expert. He has conducted extensive research with academic rigor for over 30 years and, listen to this, he has found that the brain can be rewired to extend its capabilities at ANY age. So, you too can learn new things and you too can become an expert.

 

This is Part 1 of two. We discuss:

  1. How you too can develop business savvy
  2. The difference between intelligence and smartness
  3. The difference between abilities and capabilities
  4. What is the value of learning to learn
  5. How can you become an expert just as many consultants claim you can?
  6. What is the right kind of practice required to become an expert?
  7. How should you choose the right business advisor or coach?
  8. How can you get out of your comfort zone?

 

P.S. I realized a rather obvious thing. Most of us read articles like this but never act on it. You can only learn and get better results from the insights when you L.P.T. – listen, practice deliberately and tell/teach others, whether they are colleagues, friends or family. Implement the principles of developing expertise from Dr. Anders Ericsson. I hope you L.P.T., whatever you glean from this.

You can find additional podcast episodes on how you can become more successful in life and business at https://businessthinking.com/podcasts

If you found this article useful, please share it with your network – connections, groups, Facebook, twitter, etc.

 

How to Become an Expert - A Conversation with Dr. Anders Ericsson, Author of PEAK - Part 2 of 2

How to Become an Expert - A Conversation with Dr. Anders Ericsson, Author of PEAK - Part 2 of 2

Most of us recognize the value of becoming an expert at something that makes us more valuable in society. But, most of us do not know how to go about it. Dr. Ericsson is perhaps the world’s expert on how to become an expert. He has conducted extensive research with academic rigor for over 30 years and, listen to this, he has found that the brain can be rewired to extend its capabilities at ANY age. So, you too can learn new things and you too can become an expert.

 

This is Part 2 of my conversation with Dr. Anders Ericsson. In this segment, we discuss:

  1. What is the routine of becoming an expert? Remember that Dr. Ericsson is perhaps the world’s expert on how to become an expert!
  2. How could you develop rituals for success?
  3. Why do you need to learn and practice and develop your own techniques – rather than just copy somebody else – in order to become an expert yourself?
  4. How to become a HOMO EXERCENS – a practicing human being – and become an expert yourself?

 

P.S. I realized a rather obvious thing. Most of us read articles like this but never act on it. You can only learn and get better results from the insights when you L.P.T. – listen, practice deliberately and tell/teach others, whether they are colleagues, friends or family. Implement the principles of developing expertise from Dr. Anders Ericsson. I hope you L.P.T., whatever you glean from this.

You can find additional podcast episodes on how you can become more successful in life and business at https://businessthinking.com/podcasts

If you found this article useful, please share it with your network – connections, groups, Facebook, twitter, etc.

 

The Future of Learning

The Future of Learning

This podcast is about the future of learning - a conversation with Prof. Sanjay Sharma, Professor and Vice President for Open Learning at MIT. A quote which nicely sums up the discussion comes from Plutarch and goes,

“The mind is a fire to be kindled, not a vessel to be filled.” 

You will hear discussions about:

  • Future learning models and the role of colleges and universities
  • Online on-demand learning
  • Most effective methods of learning at any age, based on scientific research
  • What do future learning and Spotify playlists have in common?
  • The most important ingredient for learning at any age
  • The structure of MIT that makes it special
  • Exams-in-a-Ziploc-bag at MIT

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Mathematics is all around us, and it has shaped our understanding of the world in countless ways. The world is increasingly getting explained with these equations. Let's understand them well. In 2013, mathematician and science author Ian Stewart published a book on 17 Equations That Changed The World. We recently came across this convenient table on Dr. Paul Coxon's twitter account by mathematics tutor and blogger Larry Phillips that summarizes the equations. (Our explanation of each is below):

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on 18 Sep 2017 12:51 AM
  • mathematics, equations,

You’re finally ready for a new challenge. You’ve gotten your feet wet and acquired some business experience but you’re getting to the point where your current 9-to-5 isn’t cutting it anymore. You’re ready to make a change and dive into the business world for real. This time, playing for the big leagues. But in order to become an MVP, you’ve got to know what it takes to be business savvy.

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on 18 Sep 2017 12:51 AM
  • business savvy, business sense, business thinking,

many universities had begun to release digital versions of their classes, available to anyone with an internet connection. That’s right, I’m talking about massive open online courses (MOOCs).

I compared the curricula of top MBA programs with the course offerings on a variety of MOOC platforms. Then, I mapped out a course progression that was a near one-for-one match with traditional business grad programs.

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on 18 Sep 2017 12:51 AM
  • MOOC, no business school, B-school without going to b-school

Human history is a fragment of biological history. If we are to learn enduring lessons it is best to go back in time. Our view of the world is fairly shallow. We look backward but rarely to a time before we were born let alone the 5,000 years of recorded human history. Organic systems, on the other hand, are about 3.5 billions years in age and offer an even more statistically relevant dataset. So, if we are to look for lessons, the organic systems bucket seems like fertile ground.

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on 15 Aug 2017 1:21 AM
  • lessons from biological history, biology, knowledge, biology lessons,

FLOW is a state of total absorption in an activity where the individual is so focused that nothing else seems to matter.  Time flies by and the activity becomes a joyful, even ecstatic, experience.  Flow occurs most commonly when people are pursuing their passions, such as dance, music, arts and competition sports.  

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on 24 Jul 2017 2:12 PM
  • happiness, flow, goldfinch, studying, anxxiety, flow channel, boredom,

 the happiest people are those that have discovered their unique strengths (such as persistence and critical thinking) and virtues (such as humanity or justice) and use those strengths and virtues for a purpose that is greater than their own personal goals.

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on 24 Jul 2017 2:12 PM
  • strengths, virtues,

I emailed around 50 peers in diverse industries: payroll, software, advertising, consulting. I asked one question: “What are your biggest business challenges?” Here are the most common responses, and strategies for overcoming them.

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on 02 May 2017 3:38 AM