Know Can Do!: Put Your Know-How Into Action

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Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Oct 2, 2007 - Business & Economics - 144 pages
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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 behavior 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 this new book he and his coauthors, 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!

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User Review  - tgraettinger - LibraryThing

Very easy read, maybe too easy. And for that reason, the central messages (positive learning environment, repetition, and follow-up) may be waved off as overly simplistic. However, I'm planning to do some controlled experiments of my own to see how well the concepts work in practice. Read full review


The Problem
The Missing Link
The Power of Repetition
Applying the LessMore Philosophy
Listening with a Positive Mindset
Using Green Light Thinking
Accentuating the Positive to Help People Win
Providing More Structure Support and Accountability
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Ken Blanchard is Chief Spiritual Officer of the Ken Blanchard Companies. He is the author or coauthor of more than forty books, including the classic The One Minute ManagerŪ (with Spencer Johnson), Leading at a Higher Level, Full Steam Ahead! (with Jesse Stoner), and The Secret (with Mark Miller).

Paul J. Meyer is the founder of Success Motivation Institute, Inc. He is the author of numerous books, including The 5 Pillars of Leadership, 24 Keys That Bring Complete Success, and Forgiveness: The Ultimate Miracle, and is coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Golden Soul.

Dick Ruhe is a highly popular motivational speaker, a celebrated consultant, and a gifted trainer. He is a senior consulting partner for the Ken Blanchard Companies and is the author of the Blanchard training program Total Quality Leadership.

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