Summmary -Know Can Do

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“I keep learning, but I never seem to get any smarter.” That’s a common concern that
plagues the business world. Companies foot the bill to send their employees to a
variety of training sessions each year. Individuals sign up for seminars designed to
help them learn new skills and maximize their potential in both the business and
personal arenas. We read books, listen to CDs and watch videos –– all in a quest to
acquire new knowledge. Yet, many of us cannot seem to retain and implement all of
this newly acquired knowledge in any significant way.
Enter best-selling author Ken Blanchard, Success Motivation Institute founder Paul J
Meyer and motivational speaker Dick Ruhe. Together, these authors explore the
“missing link” between the knowledge we acquire and our daily actions in Know Can
Do!: Put Your Know-How Into Action. In it, they offer a deceptively simple, yet highly
effective remedy for closing what they call the “knowing-doing gap,” so that all of
those seminars you attend, books you read and videos you watch won’t end up as
one more vague listing on your resume or take up space on your bookshelf.
According to the authors, “We think Know Can Do! can make a real difference by
giving people simple tools to close the knowing-doing gap and make their knowledge
come alive.

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Summmary -Know Can Do

  1. 1. Key Impressionistic takes from the book Ken Blanchard’s ( Paul J.Meyer & Dick Ruhe) “Know can do ” Closing the learning – doing gap by Ramakrishnan ( Ramki) ramaddster@gmail.com
  2. 2. About the Authors KEN BLANCHARD is Chief Spiritual Officer of The Ken Blanchard Companies®. He is the author or co-author of more than forty books, including the classic The One Minute Manager® (with Spencer Johnson), Full Steam Ahead! (with Jesse Stoner), and The Secret (with Mark Miller). He is also associated with the Ken Blanchard College of Business at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona PAUL J. MEYER is the founder of Success Motivation Institute, Inc. He is the author of numerous books, including The Five Pillars of Leadership, I Inherited a Fortune, and Chicken Soup for the Golden Soul DICK RUHE is a senior consulting partner for The Ken Blanchard Companies, and a world-renowned keynote speaker. He is the author of the training program Total Quality Leadership.
  3. 3. Prelude Attempting to better themselves—learn new skills, break bad habits, realize their potential— people read books, attend seminars, take training courses. And companies pitch in too, spending billions of dollars every year on professional development programs aimed at helping their employees become more effective. But in spite of what people sincerely believe are their best efforts, all too often their behaviour doesn’t change. The fact that it seems to be so hard to make new learning stick is an endless source of frustration for both individuals and organizations. For years Ken Blanchard has been troubled by the gap between what people know—all the good advice they’ve digested intellectually—and what they actually do. In Know Can Do!: Put Your Know-How into Action, he and his co-authors, Paul J. Meyer and Dick Ruhe, use the fable format Blanchard made famous to lay out a straightforward method for learning more, learning better, and making sure you actually use what you learn. This engaging story identifies three key reasons people don’t make the leap from knowing to doing and then moves on to the solution. It teaches you how to avoid information overload by learning “less more, not more less.” You’ll find out how to adjust your brain’s filtering system to learn many, many times more than ever before, ignite your creativity and resourcefulness with Green Light Thinking, master what you’ve learned using spaced repetition, and more. At last, an answer to the question, “Why don’t I do what I know I should do?” Read this book and you will!
  4. 4. The Missing Link Knowledge is power –but only if you use it  All of us have a common Concern - “I keep learning, but I never seem to get any smarter.  We attend variety of training sessions each year !  Individuals sign up for seminars designed to help them learn new skills & maximize their potential in both the business and personal arenas.  We read books, listen to CDs and watch videos –– all in a quest to acquire new knowledge.  Yet, many of us cannot seem to retain and implement all of this newly acquired knowledge in any significant way. Why ?- knowing doing gap
  5. 5. “ A bunch of folks dress casual, go to an off-site meeting for two or three days, beat themselves to death filling up flip charts and then go back to business as usual “ By John Rock –General Motors The Missing Link
  6. 6. 3 reasons why people don’t use what they learn  Negative filtering  Insufficient practice
  7. 7. Information overload
  8. 8.  Overwhelmed by the amount of information  Don’t understand the available information  Don’t have time to analyze the information & understand Information overload We only retain small fraction of what we hear or read only once. Information overload frosts & Leads to immobilization
  9. 9. The cure for Information overload Focus on few key concepts Repeat them over time Spaced Repetition  To master something, learners should focus on a few key concepts, repeat them over time, immerse themselves deeply in them, and expand on the ideas and skills Immense ourselves deeply in them Expand on the ideas & skills Learning smaller bits of information more frequently instead of learning larger chunks of information less frequently
  10. 10. Negative filtering  Doubting ourselves leads to becoming closed minded , judgmental & fearful  This leads to negative thinking & keeps us from using knowledge with imagination
  11. 11. Negative filtering issues 1. See problems with new data 2. Need more time to get ready 3. Like aspects of the way it is now 4. Don’t think it’s that urgent 5. Afraid they’ll make initial mistakes 6. Don’t see rewards 7. See risks or obstacles in the way 8. Have too much to do already
  12. 12. Negative filtering  Doubting ourselves leads to becoming closed minded , judgmental & fearful  This leads to negative thinking & keeps us from using knowledge with imagination Cure for this An Open Mind Instead of looking for what’s wrong in the new information, actively look for what’s right.
  13. 13. Lack of follow up  Successful people have a follow up learning  The sequence  Tell me  Show me  Let me  Observe me  Praise me and / or  Redirect me  The above is simple but powerful follow up plan to help potential winners to become genuine winners
  14. 14. Focus on a few key concepts , get deeper into them and expand on ideas And skills involved . Spaced repetition is the key Listen with no prejudice or preconceived ideas Listen assuming always an attitude of continuous learning and receive the New information with emotions Listen thinking always how to use what is heard
  15. 15. Happy Reading, Learning & Application Mail your comments to ramaddster@gmail.com

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