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Linear learning is an illusion

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After young baseball players suddenly sign big contracts, they consistently make two mistakes:

They expect to get a quick set of instructions about what they are doing wrong. They want a coach who can tell them, in 10 minutes, the five things they need to know to correct the mistakes they are making at the plate or in the field. This mindset might result from the belief, reinforced by television and the Internet, that all problems can be understood and immediately corrected.

 They lose sight of the fact that things change over time. As their bodies mature, they will need to revisit and relearn even the basics. In learning, even the foundation changes.

Lesson: In this age of instant learning and instant knowledge, you may find that your younger hires expect to shortcut the learning cycle in similar ways. Slow them down.

—Adapted from Game Time, Roger Angell, Harvest Books.

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