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Beware Brittle Learning

“Brittle Learning” is superficial knowing; where you’ve memorized a few “lessons” but do not truly understand the underlying principles. The minute the environment changes (and…

Overlearning: Practice Beyond Perfect

Overlearning means learning more about a subject than the minimum necessary; also practicing a skill above and beyond achieving threshold mastery. The theory being that…

A Faster Horse

“If I had asked people what they wanted they would have said a faster horse.” – Henry Ford 1863-1947 We don’t always fully understand what…

The Mysterious Alchemy of Teams

The best performing group isn’t necessarily the one with the smartest people in it. Team Performance is a lot like happiness: success is best brought…

Better is better than Best

Business (and Life) is a multi-player, multi-move game that is never ending, where new players can enter the game at any time and the rules…

Failure: Stepping Stone to Success?

Can failure be a GOOD thing? Yes, certainly, but with caveats! Demanding perfection is a prescription for paralysis and the only way to never fail…

Good Failure; Bad Failure

How can failure be good? The answer lies in the distinction between Good Failure and Bad Failure: – Good Failure comes from a “Good Heart/Awake…

Kind Learning v. Wicked Learning Environments

Kind learning environments are those where the rules are relatively simple, known, and there is close relationship between effort and outcome, action and results. Most…

Forget New Year’s Resolutions

Better a small promise kept than a larger one broken. Most New Year’s Resolutions fail because they are lofty goals with insufficient foundation. If it…

Questions for the Chair – Part 5

Periodically NSC holds lunches with Collier Company Team Members who send in questions. The following are drawn from those events. 1. Sir, I see all…

70:20:10

70:20:10 is a straightforward formula created in the 1980’s to describe the sources of successful learning experiences. 70:20:10 represents the ratio of knowledge obtained from…

A DAY OF THANKS, A MOMENT OF PERSPECTIVE

“The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.” —…

Mentor’s Reply to Young Entrepreneur’s Questions (#22)

Hello Mr. Collier, I hope everything is going well for you. When you get some time can you please answer the below questions? Thank you!…

Questions for the Chair – Part 4

Periodically NSC holds lunches with Collier Company Team Members who send in questions. The following are drawn from those events. Love seeing TCC embrace the…

Questions for the Chair – Part 3

Periodically NSC holds lunches with Collier Company Team Members who send in questions. The following are drawn from those events. What are the most important…

Questions for the Chair – Part 2

Periodically NSC holds lunches with Collier Company Team Members who send in questions. The following are drawn from those events. What are the attributes of…

Questions for the Chair – Part 1

Periodically NSC holds lunches with Collier Company Team Members who send in questions. The following are drawn from those events. Are there any standardized training…

MENTOR’S REPLY TO YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR’S QUESTIONS (#21)

Q. Morning Mr. Collier, I hope today brings you tremendous joy! When you get a moment could you please answer the below questions? A. Ameer! You are…

Mentor’s Reply to Young Entrepreneur’s Questions (#20)

Q. Morning Mr. Collier, I hope today brings you tremendous joy! When you get a moment could you please answer the below questions? A. Ameer!…

Stick Your Finger in the Dirt

I was recently touring a community where we had spent major dollars on landscaping improvements. Unfortunately almost half the bushes were distressed, brown leaves, dropped…

How Great is Your Range?

How great is your range? Are you a generalist or a specialist? If you are a specialist (and the world needs both specialists and generalists),…

Are Your Stories Blinding You?

We tend to create stories about people and places. These stories come with expectations, scripts, and pre-conceptions based upon our past experiences, both specific to…

Ordinary Thinking Gets You an Ordinary Existence

Ordinary thinking is what passes most of the time for thinking i.e. “the action of using one’s mind to produce thoughts”. Ordinary thinking requires little to…

Triggers, Thoughts, Tendencies, and Themes

How much control do you have over your life? Your personality? Your thoughts? Whatever your answer, I assure you that a) you have more than…

Are You Capable of Second Order Thinking?

First Order thinking is simplistic, short term, single move, single player, linear thinking i.e. the “thinking” level most stop at. Second Order thinking is much…

Epistemological Humility

Epistemic means anything dealing with knowledge. Epistemic humility is: 1) Accepting that there will always be many things about which we are ignorant and that’s natural…

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