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The Enemy Within: Why We Don’t Learn and What We Can Do About It

  • 01/09/2018
  • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • The Rizzo Center: 150 Dubose Home Ln, Chapel Hill, NC 27517
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What do Frodo Baggins, Luke Skywalker, and you have in common? A dark side. Our worst enemy often comes from within and must be confronted. Otherwise blind spots, weaknesses, and biases will keep us from reaching success. 

 How do we overcome this inner enemy in business? Though we don’t have magic rings or lightsabers, we can confront our natural biases to unleash the power of learning. In this world, the best learners will win because continuous improvement makes our companies nimble, responsive, and strong in the face of lightning-fast change. But first, we have to get out of our own way.

This discussion will reveal how a few deeply ingrained human tendencies can interfere with learning and how to overcome them. You will discover:

  • The hard-wired traps that prevent learning 
  • Ways to learn faster and more effectively
  • How to unleash the power of learning throughout your organization

About the Facilitator:
Brad Staats, Associate Professor of Operations at UNC Kenan-Flagler, examines how individuals and organizations learn and improve in order to stay relevant, innovate and succeed on an ongoing basis. His teaching focuses on learning and analytics. In addition to teaching on these topics at UNC Kenan-Flagler, he works with many companies around the world on their learning and analytics strategies. In 2014, he was named one of “The World’s 40 Best Business School Professors Under the Age of 40” by the graduate business school social network Poets & Quants.

Dr. Staats integrates work in operations management and human behavior to understand how and under what conditions individuals, teams and organizations can perform their best. In 2016, his article “Why Organizations Don’t Learn” was awarded the Warren Bennis Prize for best article in Harvard Business Review on leadership. His book, Never Stop Learning, will be published by Harvard Business Review Press in June 2018.

He received his DBA in technology and operations management and MBA from Harvard Business School. He received his BS with honors in electrical engineering and his BA with high honors in Plan II and Spanish from The University of Texas at Austin.

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