Enews October 2017


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Welcome to the Learn and Perform E-News! This is Palan, the contributing editor for this month.

In this E news, October 2017, we will cover the following:


1. Reflecting on Work Improves Productivity
2. SMR News


Reflecting on Work Improves Productivity


Carmen Noble highlights in the Harvard Business Review the new research by Francesca Gino, Gary Pisano, and colleagues. They say that many of us are familiar with what is known as “time-out,” where one reflects quietly for a few minutes, calms down, and reflect on the actions. This is familiar in some sports. New research suggests that grown-ups ought to take routine time-outs of their own to improve their job performance.
They say: “Our work shows that if we’d take some time out for reflection, we might be better off.” In the working paper Learning by Thinking: How Reflection Aids Performance, the authors show how reflecting on what we’ve done teaches us to do it more effectively the next time around. “Now more than ever we seem to be living lives where we’re busy and overworked, and our research shows that if we’d take some time out for reflection, we might be better off,” says Harvard Business School Professor Francesca Gino, who cowrote the paper with his colleagues Gary Pisano, Giada Di Stefano, and Bradley Staats. Some extracts from the article:

The research team conducted a series of three studies based on the dual-process theory of thought, which maintains that people think and learn using two distinct types of processes.

Type 1 processes are heuristic – automatically learning by doing, such that the more people do something, the better they know how to do it.
Type 2 processes, on the other hand, are consciously reflective, and are often associated with decision making. Essentially, the researchers hypothesized that learning by doing would be more effective if deliberately coupled with learning by thinking. They also hypothesised that sharing information with others would improve the learning process. “When we stop, reflect, and think about learning, we feel a greater sense of self-efficacy,” Gino says. “We’re more motivated and we perform better afterward.”

They share some of their experiments. Gino says “I don’t see a lot of organizations that actually encourage employees to reflect – or give them time to do it,” He adds “When we fall behind even though we’re working hard, our response is often just to work harder. But in terms of working smarter, our research suggests that we should take time for reflection.” To read the full article visit: https://hbswk.hbs.edu/item/reflecting-on-work-improves-job-performance


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