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Work to learn, learn to work

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One of the best reasons to stay put is if you’re learning, growing and gaining skills. Dull training seminars don’t count: Of all the material taught in training sessions and business books, videos and audiotapes, about 95 percent is not applied.

Take this quick test. In the last week, have you engaged in each of these types of learning?

1. Accretion. You’ve added new information or insight to your skills. Example: You already know how to lead a staff meeting and address senior executives. Now you polish your formal speech-making skills to win over larger audiences.

2. Experimentation. You’ve tried a new way of doing something, from streamlining your paperwork to delegating more freely.

3. Expansion. You’ve gained entirely new skills. Example: You master a new software program or learn a technical procedure.

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