If you want to learn any subject well and to create ideas beyond those that have existed before, return to the basics repeatedly. In the book, The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking, Edward B. Burger and Michael Starbird share a simple technique to learn anything better, by mastering the fundamentals and going deeper in your understanding.
I want to shine the spotlight on 7 specific practices that really helped new team members learn the ropes and get up to speed fast. New members were able to hit the ground running, and quickly catapult their performance through a culture of trial-by-fire, tough love, and extreme support.
Don’t just say you have read books. Show that through them you have learned to think better, to be a more discriminating and reflective person. Books are the training weights of the mind. They are very helpful but it would be a bad mistake to suppose that one has made progress simply by having internalized their contents.
This is a very special guest post by Joanne McEachen of The Learner First, and author of 8 Must-Ask Questions to Get the Best Education for YOUR child - and How to Evaluate the Answers. This is also a special opportunity to potentially replicate some of the outstanding results that Joanne produced for more than 400 schools in New Zealand.
What do you really know about a subject or topic? You can easily test yourself, and expose your gaps. When you fill in the gaps, you take what you know deeper. You internalize it. It’s a process of mastering the fundamentals. In the book, The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking, Edward B. Burger and Michael Starbird show us how to test what we know and take it deeper.