New Understanding about Learning
In the last 10 years, new research has produced an explosion
of understanding on how people build skills and reach the highest levels of
performance -- and, why most of us never come close to achieving the potential
that is easily within our grasp.
We now know that all expertise -- from baseball to brain surgery – comes from
physical changes in the structure and functions of the brain. The study of world-class performers has shown that it is not some magical alchemy of innate talent and
pathological drive that creates a champion – it’s the way they learn and train. When development activities are structured to work with the way the
brain changes, learning is faster and people realize more of their
potential. In all areas studied, people who became world class had four things in common:
- Deliberate practice
- Hard work
At first glance, the list looks obvious - practice, get support from other people, work hard and have some ability. But
these four simple things are very different from how we typically think of them.
Challenges to Old Ways of Thinking
The research calls into question many of our long-held assumptions about learning in the workplace. Just a few of the findings:
Slight Changes Make Big Differences
When you look at leadership development through the lens of our new understanding about learning you can see that just a few changes can make a big difference in the speed and effectiveness of leadership development -- for individuals and for organizations. We have isolated
the ‘active ingredients’ in learning and now the secret is out - anyone can use
the training methods of prodigies to accelerate their learning and reach their
Benefits of the Prodigy Method
We have translated this groundbreaking research into
ten practical principles that anyone can use to learn and build skills
faster. Using these principles and other Prodigy Method techniques will:
- Speed up the learning process by making learning more efficient and eliminating the things we now know don't work.
- Enhance and supplement your current programs - you don't need new
programs, just tweak the ones you have and you can create startling
- Create a learning culture with training and tools that make every person a teacher and a learner.
- Improve business success with a process that builds leadership
skills and organization capability at the same time.
- Incorporate learning into the normal work of the organization.
Learn How to Learn
Ultimately, the single most important thing to learn is: how to
When you have mastered that, there are no limits. And that is not just
hyperbole -- the research on high-level expertise shows that you can learn five times faster with the right learning methods.