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Organizations Can (and Should) Lead the Change for Greater Diversity and Inclusion

Today, organizations face a market of increased competition, uncertainty, and a more diverse customer and employee base. Globalization means working with teams and partners around the world. Diversity means working with a gender-balanced multigenerational and multicultural workforce. It also means working with a complex workforce that includes people who are not employees of the company,…
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Why Financial Advisors Need To Offer Powerful Social Security Guidance

A key, but often-overlooked element to successful retirement planning is a sound social security claiming strategy. Unfortunately, it is often assumed that retirees will claim early, at age 62, or at full retirement age (typically age 66). Without proper guidance, many retirees are unaware that there are other options—options that are not explored simply because…
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4 WAYS EDUCATION COULD BE BETTER BASED ON THE SCIENCE OF LEARNING

At sageCrowd, we focus on how to get large teams to implement new skills and knowledge, embrace common language, and create unique best practices. When you look at the current research in the science of learning, it is most often applied to K – 12 and college education—not organizational training—and we are often asked how…
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THE LAWS OF LEARNING: UNDERSTAND HOW TO USE REPETITION

  For learning to become a permanent memory, repetition is usually required. And while the concept of repetition sounds easy enough (how often have you heard "practice makes perfect"?) repetition is arguably the least understood learning principle. Why Repetition is Not a Well-Understood Learning Principle To begin with, if the design of each learning experience…
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THE LAWS OF LEARNING: MAKE ROOM FOR REFLECTION

Reflection is the key to learning. Fortunately, learners don’t have to escape to the woods to be alone like Thoreau to find time for reflection. Reflection can happen anywhere, at anytime.  Everyone experiences reflection. For example, when reading a book, people will often suddenly find themselves no longer reading but rather thinking about things invoked…
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THE LAWS OF LEARNING: LET THEM PERSONALIZE AND TEACH

Did you know that we only learn the ideas we create for ourselves after we have personalized it? This means that we don’t form permanent memories from others' ideas; instead, we form permanent memories from our own ideas! This may sound a bit self-serving and counter-intuitive. You might even be thinking right now, "That's crazy! Of course…
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THE LAWS OF LEARNING: MAKE IT COLLABORATIVE

When it comes to your memory, you benefit from a social environment where others can respond to and provide feedback on your ideas, and thus advance your understanding and use of new skills. Sharing is Learning When you're focused on a topic, particularly in a collaborative discussion, you naturally generate reflection and insight from thinking…
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THE LAWS OF LEARNING: THE ACTIVE LEARNER

If we were to tell you that a learner who is not actively engaged, can't possibly learn, you'd probably agree on an intuitive level. But did you know that learning science can tell us why active learners are the better leaners? Being an Active Learner Begins with Testing Being an active learner is really all…
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THE LAWS OF LEARNING: WORK WITH THE BRAIN’S NATURAL LEARNING CYCLE

Both the learner and the learning experience (i.e., the training) must be focused on invoking the brain’s natural learning cycle.  What is the Brain's Natural Learning Cycle? A new and clearer understanding of how the brain creates permanent memories suggests that the brain’s natural learning cycle involves four sequential, distinct and essential steps: THE BRAIN'S…
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THE LAWS OF LEARNING: USE LEARNING SCIENCE TO TEACH NEW SKILLS

What Is Learning Science? Learning science is an emerging, interdisciplinary field that studies how we learn and how to design and implement learning methodologies.  New developments in learning science in the fields of neuroscience, psychology and behavioral economics are making important discoveries in how we can learn (and teach) more deeply and more effectively.  At…
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