Episode #1430 Dr. Bradley Staats: Why The World Rewards Learners?

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UNC Business School Professor, Dr. Bradley Staats joins Moe Abdou to discuss why most of us are notoriously bad learners, and how a shift in mindset can amplify our career trajectory and sense of self-worth.


Dr. Bradley Staats

Business School Professor, Advisor, Acclaimed Author View Full Profile

Why The World Rewards Learners?

I’ve always been intrigued by why two individuals working at the same company, with the same people, doing the same job, getting the same training perform differently?  Certainly talent has something to do with it, but if you observe closely as I have, you’ll notice that - those who go the farthest are undeniably better learners.  They’re the Tom Brady’s and Warren Buffett’s of the world who are always seeking an edge, regardless of how small.  They’re the ones who are constantly redefining their boundaries,  challenging their own assumptions, and always recreating a more modern version of themselves - simply put, they never stop learning.  

In a wonderful new book with the aforementioned title, University of North Carolina Business School professor, Bradley Staats reaffirms the importance of the mantra ‘keep learning, or risk becoming irrelevant.’  Staats blends behavioral psychology with a practical framework to help each of us become more effective lifetime learner.  In this conversation with him, we discuss the value of failure, why outcomes cause distractions, why questions are more important than answers; and why journaling and reflection can lead to superpowers.  Here are a few of the questions we explore:

  • What the modern learner does?
  • What about failure that gets in the way of learning?
  • Learning to look beyond outcomes
  • Why individuals and organizations have bad learning habits?
  • The four step cycle that helps you reframe failure
  • Why asking questions is a catalyst to effective learning?
  • A simple method for reflection & journaling 
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