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Conclusion: Setting a Learning Strategy

Conclusion: Setting a Learning Strategy

By familiarizing yourself with the four sets of learning tactics that managers commonly employ, by identifying the sets that you prefer and those you avoid, and by consciously making an effort to use nonpreferred tactics, you will increase your versatility as a learner. This should contribute to your performance as a manager.

It will also position you for another important development task: setting a learning strategy. A learning strategy coordinates your efforts to become a more versatile learner with your development goals. In order to create one you must: (1) identify what you want to learn (which can be determined by looking at such things as feedback provided by a performance appraisal or by a 360-degree instrument); (2) choose challenging experiences that will teach you what you want to learn (information about which lessons are typically taught by which managerial experiences can be found in various publications; see, for instance, The Lessons of Experience (McCall and others) in the list of suggested readings at the end of this guidebook); and (3) map the sequence of learning tactics required to meet each challenge.


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