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METACOGNITION AT WORK

Today’s decision-makers need to be continually learning and relearning as efficiently as possible to survive and thrive. Our new report examines how we learn, and how to best go about learning at work.

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Our Research

Learning how executives learn.

It’s hard to recall a time when senior executives had to rethink so many long-standing assumptions.

Facing challenges such as digital transformation, AI, demographics, changing working cultures, new geopolitical risks and much more, today’s decision makers need to be continually learning and relearning as efficiently as possible to survive and thrive.

That’s why how executives learn is as important as “what” and “why” they learn. This report is aimed at all executives, especially senior leaders charged with developing strategy. Research contents:

The Basics of Metacognition

Such as emerging mobile communications, AI, cloud-hosted services, blockchain-managed transactions, and connected devices via the Internet-of-Things.

How We Learn

Both in increasing efficiency of existing business processes and enabling entirely new ones.

Planning your Learning Journey

To be online and accessible with greater availability.

Monitoring your Process

Encouraging innovation in how value is created, managed, shared, and maintained.

Evaluating Results

By eliminating manual steps to be replaced by automation and using data to enhance predictive interventions.

Enhancing Metacognition in the Workplace

Six tips for successful cognitive thinking in the workplace

Quick Tips

How to enhance learning in the workplace

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Schedule it

Set aside a few moments each day devoted to reflecting on what you’re learning, how it’s going, whether you need to make changes and planning what you will learn next.
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Accept failure

Failure isn’t final. It’s a step on the road to something better. Making your workplace one where it’s safe to fail will let you and your colleagues think truly creatively.
Taking a work break with family

Take breaks.

While you’re working, focus intensely. But after 45 minutes or an hour, give yourself (and others) a reward for not having been distracted and let that information have time to sink in.
Break-down complex topics with Storytelling

Speak in stories

When you need to make a highly complex issue clearer, use analogies and metaphors in communications as a means to engage others. However, imagery must be carefully considered so that it clarifies rather than confuses your point.

Seek out contradictory information

Our cognitive biases make us give too much weight to issues that confirm our existing views. Ask yourself when you adopted a position and where you got your views. It might be time for a rethink.
Gamification at work

Act it out

Games, activities and role-playing can provide new perspectives that work at an emotional level when an intellectual-led approach fails.

METACOGNITION AT WORK: THE SCIENCE OF LEANING IN BUSINESS

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