Learning to Use What You Already Know

Steve Stumpf (Author) | Joel DeLuca (Author)

Publication date: 07/01/1994

Learning to Use What You Already Know
  • How to turn the knowledge, experience, and skills we take for granted into meaningful insights
  • A practical and fun-to-use guide to increasing personal and interpersonal effectiveness at work
  • Ways to cultivate insights-about problems, people, and situations-that bring enjoyment and build the mind's capacity to interact with people and ideas

They clarify previously confusing thoughts, simplify complex situations, and point the way to new and better ways of doing things.

Is there a way to encourage the kind of "aha!" perceptions that leave us feeling enlightened and empowered? Are there methods for facilitating the flashes of understanding that make us holler "eureka!" or smile with quiet contentment? Though insights may feel like they come out of the blue, Stumpf and DeLuca make us aware of the process behind the flash so that we can stimulate our capacity for learning and growth.

Beginning with the premise that each of us knows more than we think we do, Stumpf and DeLuca provide a reflective process that integrates all of our conscious and unconscious resources. They share their insights, grounded in common daily work-life situations, to prompt readers' own perceptions into everything from getting along with coworkers to being a visionary leader, understanding the meaning of service in a job, coping with technological change, and remaining competitive in the global economy.

Organized to mirror the insight-to-learning process, each chapter of Learning to Use What You Already Know starts with an insight, provides an example for reflection, summarizes the context with a lesson statement, and concludes with questions to stimulate the readers' thoughts. Examples and anecdotes from the authors' lives show how they arrived at an insight and, since new concepts do not always emerge in words, key ideas are whimsically illustrated.

With humor, and, well, insight, Stumpf and DeLuca show readers how to become their own source of lifelong learning. The tools in Learning to Use What You Already Know help readers turn what they've learned in order to survive into the creative understanding that will help them thrive personally and professionally.

  • How to turn the knowledge, experience, and skills we take for granted into meaningful insights
  • A practical and fun-to-use guide to increasing personal and interpersonal effectiveness at work
  • Ways to cultivate insights-about problems, people, and situations-that bring enjoyment and build the mind's capacity to interact with people and ideas

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  • How to turn the knowledge, experience, and skills we take for granted into meaningful insights
  • A practical and fun-to-use guide to increasing personal and interpersonal effectiveness at work
  • Ways to cultivate insights-about problems, people, and situations-that bring enjoyment and build the mind's capacity to interact with people and ideas

They clarify previously confusing thoughts, simplify complex situations, and point the way to new and better ways of doing things.

Is there a way to encourage the kind of "aha!" perceptions that leave us feeling enlightened and empowered? Are there methods for facilitating the flashes of understanding that make us holler "eureka!" or smile with quiet contentment? Though insights may feel like they come out of the blue, Stumpf and DeLuca make us aware of the process behind the flash so that we can stimulate our capacity for learning and growth.

Beginning with the premise that each of us knows more than we think we do, Stumpf and DeLuca provide a reflective process that integrates all of our conscious and unconscious resources. They share their insights, grounded in common daily work-life situations, to prompt readers' own perceptions into everything from getting along with coworkers to being a visionary leader, understanding the meaning of service in a job, coping with technological change, and remaining competitive in the global economy.

Organized to mirror the insight-to-learning process, each chapter of Learning to Use What You Already Know starts with an insight, provides an example for reflection, summarizes the context with a lesson statement, and concludes with questions to stimulate the readers' thoughts. Examples and anecdotes from the authors' lives show how they arrived at an insight and, since new concepts do not always emerge in words, key ideas are whimsically illustrated.

With humor, and, well, insight, Stumpf and DeLuca show readers how to become their own source of lifelong learning. The tools in Learning to Use What You Already Know help readers turn what they've learned in order to survive into the creative understanding that will help them thrive personally and professionally.

  • How to turn the knowledge, experience, and skills we take for granted into meaningful insights
  • A practical and fun-to-use guide to increasing personal and interpersonal effectiveness at work
  • Ways to cultivate insights-about problems, people, and situations-that bring enjoyment and build the mind's capacity to interact with people and ideas

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Meet the Authors


Visit Author Page - Steve Stumpf

Stephen A. Stumpf is director of the Center of Leadership and professor of management at the College of Business at the University of Tampa. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including Choosing a Career in Business,The Growth Challenge: How to Build Your Business Profitably, and Learning to Use What You Already Know.



Visit Author Page - Joel DeLuca

Joel R. DeLuca teaches at The Wharton Business School and consults with public and private organizations. He is the author of Political Savvy and Overcoming Resistance to Change. and coauthor of Learning to Use What You Already Know.

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Table of Contents

Contents
Introduction: The Power of Insight at Work
1. Life Repeats Itself Until We Learn
2. Go with Your "FLOW" for Optimal Experiences
3. Follow Your Energy
4. Lack of Fit Is Not Failure
5. If You Get It Right the First Time, Every Time, You Aren't Risking Enough
6. Tune In to Your Natural Discovery Process
7. Breaks from Expectations Can Lead to Key Learning Events
8. Develop Resilience by Learning to Accommodate Adversity
9. Manhole Covers Are Round-Learn from the Patterns in Everyday Life
10. Provability Is a Weaker Notion Than Truth
11. Laughter Allows One to Suspend Judgment
12. Analogies and Metaphors Unlock Closed Doors
13. Understand the Strength of Your Senses: Line of Sight, Field of Sound
14. Emphasize Your Dominant Sense to Enhance Your Learning
15. Develop Your Creativity, Your Intellect Will Follow
16. The Spirit of Diagnosis Is Discovery
17. Completing Crossword Puzzles Exemplifies Much of What People Find Frustrating In Business
18. Don't Ask the Question If You Can't Live with the Answer
19. Use an Action-Learning Process to Lead Change: Plant, Prune, Graft, and Proliferate
20. The Sweet Spot in Life Is Satisfying What We Want, What They Want, and What We Can Do-All at the Same Time
21. Get Off the Line to Avoid the Think-Act Dilemma
22. Be Both Strategic and Analytic-Those Types of Thought Need Each Other
23. Rules Are Tools (Not to Be Placed in the Hands of Fools)
24. Raisins Soaked in Water Do Not Become Grapes
25. "HeathkitsTM" Are More Valuable Than Solutions
26. Identify and Observe the Naturals-But Don't Listen to Them
27. How to Learn: Your Style Counts
28. Careers Are Jell-O(tm)
29. Don't Play the Blame Game-Accept and Learn from Your Mistakes
30. Accommodate Diversity Through Flexible Simplicity
31. Being Unreasonable May Be the Most Reasonable Approach
32. Advanced Technology Is Indistinguishable from Magic
33. Foster Continuous Learning by Embracing Waves of Change

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Endorsements

"The Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten book for the '90s employee. Filled with insights that trigger more insights which will help employees achieve greater effectiveness and satisfaction in their careers."

Andrea Markowitz, Adjunct Professor, University of Baltimore

"I love this book-terrific, easy to read, very applicable, has me thinking!"

Michelle Blieberg, Senior Vice President Human Resources, Smith Barney Shearson

"Once I opened the book, I had to read each of the thirty-five insights. They are chock-full of helpful hints that make reading it worthwhile. It was also an enjoyable experience, which was the serendipity."

Frederick B. Karl, County Administrator, Hillsborough County, Florida

"Steve Stumpf and Joel DeLuca have captured in print what every worker needs to know for continuous learning. Their thoughtful insights cajole and teach at the same time. Highly recommended reading for those who wish to hone their competitive edge-and then some."

Joseph W. House, chairman, Board of Trustees, The University of Tampa

"This book has stimulated my own insights in a way a lot of other management books have not."

Kathleen Morris, Senior Account Manager, Delta Consulting Group

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