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December 25, 2012 / compassioninpolitics

How can you optimize your learning when you read a book?

As someone who has studied self-improvement, education, and practice of excellence. Here are the top 10 ideas that come to mind:
1. Ideally have a problem/challenge you are thinking about. This is arguably one reason why MBAers with 2 years in the workplace have a better experience or rather more useful experience in B-school than someone fresh out of their respective undergraduate programs.
2. Data analysis in context. Problem solving in context. How can the impact be measured? Good compared to what? (i.e. illiciting opportunity cost) What are the systems level impacts?
3. Self-reflection.
4. Communities of practice. Collaborative learning. Group discussion with likeminded individuals. A true mastermind group which includes reflection.
5. Build something. Prototype something. Project based learning. Action learning. Experiential learning. Test your hypothesis with little to no risk.
6. Aggregation, organization, and storage with similar materials. This can be a pain.
7. Consider visualizing it.
8. Teach it to others.
9. Use the text to create questions–which serve as a checklist or a springboard for ideas.
10. How can I take action on this in the next 5 to 10 days so that it moves me, my team, or my company forward? (ideally all three)

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