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Volume 2, Issue 34

Making Self-Improvement Simple

Managers and their employees can master any new skill—from public speaking to using social media to analyzing data—by following a few general rules, say workplace experts.

A motivational psychologist and a professor of organizational behavior recently spoke with the Harvard Business Review about the keys to learning a new skill in the workplace. They include:

  • Start with one skill. "Learning new skills can feel overwhelming," say the experts. "Focus on one and break it down into manageable goals. For example, if you're trying to become more assertive, push yourself to talk in the first five minutes of a meeting."
  • Reflect on the skill while learning it. "Think about what you're learning, otherwise the new skill won't stick," they say. "Talk about your progress with others to get valuable feedback, keep you accountable and cement the change."
  • Teach the skill to others. "One of the quickest ways to learn something new, and to practice it, is to show others how to do it," say the experts. "Share what you learn with your team, your manager or your co-workers."

This article is from the March 4, 2013 issue.

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