Posts Tagged ‘Samuel Johnson’

In 100 Words: Repeat Yourself

Friday, March 15th, 2013 by Troy Schrock

I often recite Samuel Johnson’s quote: “Men more frequently require to be reminded than informed.”

CEOs and executive teams generally have a good idea of sound business fundamentals.  Very little “new” knowledge is new at all.  However, good principles and disciplines still get lost in the shuffle of daily executive decisions and routines.

Do not be afraid to repeat yourself or to have your team reread certain material.  Part of your job is to repeat yourself on a regular basis.  If what you are saying is important for the future of your organization, you can’t say it enough.

Remind on!

“Repetition is the mother of learning.” (Thomas Acquinas)

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In 100 Words: Increasing Knowledge Retention

Thursday, September 15th, 2011 by Troy Schrock

I love to learn; thus, I love to read. But when scanning a previously read book, I’m often surprised at how little of it I remember. I forget far more than I retain.

Perhaps we would all do well to re-read our old books rather than buy new ones. Reinforcing good thinking and disciplines is important to sustaining performance. Don’t let new packaging fool you into thinking there is much new wisdom out there. Most “new” material is simply old knowledge presented with different labels and examples.

Choose a classic, and read it again as if it’s the first time.

“Men more frequently require to be reminded than informed.”  (Samuel Johnson)

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