Sunday reading for July 20, 2014:

1. This evening I had the opportunity to read a piece from Dupress about learning how to learn. It’s one the ten best things I’ve read all year, and I highly recommend checking it out here. Essentially, the article highlights that most performance problems are caused by learning gaps. Employees don’t know what they need to know in order to succeed in their jobs, and so issues around accuracy and efficiency crop up. Fortunately, managers can address this issue by changing the nature of how people are trained. This is done by realizing that most training programs are course based even though adults learn most of what they know by doing. Ergo, truly great training is relevant and timely for the individual receiving it. The piece also goes on to explain how managers can give employees the right tools to learn effectively, closing by highlighting how managers can stay engaged in the training process so that they can give their directs support and be effective post-training program stewards. Again, seriously check this one out here.

2. As part of my capabilities development, I am about to do a pretty heavy deep dive into learning Financial Accounting and Mathematical Statistics. But while I have my MBA and have always been a big stats geek, my upcoming journey represents an attempt to cultivate a subject matter expertise which will be a sharp departure from anything I have ever done before. As such, I’ve been scouring the net for learning and development techniques that will help me throughout the process. One of the things I’ll be doing to facilitate my development in this arena will be taking this MOOC on learning how to learn. Taught by Electrical and Systems Engineering PhD Barbara Oakley, the course will teach me how to better retain information, overcome procrastination, and enrich the quality of my learning. For a primer on the course – and the value of learning how to learn in general – check out this article here.

3. I know that it’s a Sunday (and as such reserved for written as opposed to video learning), but this short video from Mercer Insights on accountability (in conjunction with this write-up) fits in so well with the theme of today’s post that I just had to share it. The nature of corporations today has changed. Gone is the Paternalism of the past century; in today’s society employees must manage their own retirement and their own careers. Check out the video and article above to learn why this matters, and as always please share your thoughts in the comments below.