I’m a fan of using checklists to improve results. Checklists are powerful tools for jogging your memory, reducing stress, and sharing know how. Fighter pilots use checklist effectively to eliminate task saturation, take away workload, and avoid forgetting something critical. Many businesses use checklists to train new hires as well as run everyday operations.
When you name something it’s powerful. You have a way to reference it and share it with others. Patterns are named problem and solution pairs. They are a simple way to build and share a catalog of knowledge. You can use patterns to efficiently share strategies or principles. Rather than 100 words, you can use one word. Practices are methods or techniques. They are “how” you do something. By leveraging patterns and practices, you can improve your ability to get results. Basically, it’s a way to build a mental toolbox of insight and action to draw from.
“3 take aways” is one of my favorite ways to chop information down to size. I also use it to make the most of a meeting or training session. All I do, is ask myself, "what are 3 take aways?" Does it sound simple? That’s the idea. It helps you avoid becoming overwhelmed. It also …
One of the most effective ways I've found to save a lot of time and energy is using mentors. While nothing replaces experience, mentors can help guide you to the right experiences and avoid some unnecessary experiences. They can also help you make meaning from the experiences you have, by providing a new lens or vantage point.
Bloom's Taxonomy of learning domains is a map of learning levels. Bloom chunked learning into 3 domains: Cognitive, Affective, and Psychomotor (or thinking, feeling, and doing.) If you think of Bloom's Taxonomy as a map of learning domains and levels, you can use it to evaluate your expertise in a given topic. If you create or deliver training, you can also use Bloom's Taxonomy as a checklist for helping you structure and organize your training material.