Magazine article Talent Development

Knowledge Is Power

Magazine article Talent Development

Knowledge Is Power

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The science of learning is changing the way talent development professionals design and deliver training. The theme articles in this issue examine how to help employees convert tasks into workplace habits and analyze research on learning, memory, and cognition to create strategies for long-term knowledge retention. By using brain science for more effective learning programs, organizations can improve knowledge, skills, and performance.

In the cover story on page 30, Julie Dirksen found that by asking the question "Are any of the desired behaviors habits?" the design of her training programs has become more effective in teaching new behaviors to employees. "Just the act of identifying habits as their own behaviors (rather than just parts of larger skills) helps me make better and more deliberate design decisions about how to support the development of those habits for the audience I am trying to serve," she writes.

Brain science is all about integrating cognitive strategies to boost learning. The two main challenges highlighted in the theme articles are about helping employees develop or change behaviors to boost performance and retain knowledge long enough to apply it to their jobs. Understanding how people learn is vital to the design and delivery of successful training programs. …

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