What to do during learning

Once you’ve established an objective here are some tips to help stay on target when learning. Leverage expertise You always have a spectrum of expertise at your disposal. It’s up to you to tap into it. So many people refuse to spend any money to further their learning. It’s really sad, because consuming and applying information is almost always more…

What to do before learning

It’s valuable to employ a multifaceted approach to learning. Whatever approach you take, in any substantial learning opportunity there are a few things you should consider before you begin. Why? Because haphazard learning is about as effective as not learning at all. It leads to the learn-lose cycle. 1. Understand how you plan to use the knowledge. Do you have…

Learning inadequacy

A slavish sense of inadequacy is the number one failure with the way most people approach learning. Let’s get one thing out of the way, you can’t know everything. You can’t even begin to know everything within your industry. You can’t even begin to know everything within your expertise. You could spend all your life reading written knowledge alone, and…

Value Pricing and Software Development

Kirk Bowman and I sat down to discuss applying value pricing in software and technical work. Throughout the interview I underscore the importance of value in what we do, regardless of the type of business we’re in. Value pricing is a natural extension of that commitment to value. The interview was split into two parts: [http://artofvalue.com/value-pricing-agile-development-wes-mcclure/](Part 1 – Why Value…

Four styles of business

How would you feel if you provided a product or service and your customer lost money? How would you feel if you purchased a product or service and your provider lost money? How would you feel if you both lost money in the process of transacting business? What if you both made a profit? Business is oversimplified when it’s framed…

Planting seeds of knowledge

Exposure learning is great for understanding the big picture. To understand concepts and benefits without delving into details that will be forgotten. To survey the landscape. Ideally you’ll walk away with benefits in mind and some understanding of when you can apply the concepts to attain said benefits. But that’s not always the case. And it need not be. Much…

Exposure learning – the big picture

Effective learning requires a multifaceted approach to avoid a learn-lose cycle of knowledge acquisition. Not every opportunity to learn requires the same technique. Recognizing the different ways you learn gives you the ability to fine tune your approach. Not recognizing the different ways means you’ll likely blend techniques and experience sub-optimal results. You might be in a learn lose cycle…

Strategic learning

Anyone with a modicum of passion for learning can become overwhelmed managing all the directions their mind would like to take them. You need a strategy if you want to manage your learning. Otherwise, your learning will likely manage you. Take a minute and think about three learning situations from the last month. Situations where you acquired knowledge. For each…