Seventh Anniversary

This year has been a wonderful year for my blogs. Below are my top views for the year.

  1. HBR: 5 Strategy Questions Every Leader Should Make Time For
  2. This Is How I Work – Greg Branecky
  3. DTM: Stop Trying to Make Your Customers Smarter!
  4. What I learned about customer service from an American Golf employee!
  5. HHSB: The Physiology of Sales Calls
  6. When It Comes to Performance Management, Employees Want More, Not Less!
  7. Innovators: Leadership
  8. HBR: The Dirty Secret of Effective Sales Coaching
  9. HBR: What Makes Great Salespeople
  10. The 10 Commandments of Communication to Build Trust
  11. Book Review: What If?
  12. HBR: How to Spot Hidden Opportunities for Sales Growth
  13. The Adams Differential Method of Estimating

Thank you for your support over the past year.

5 Secrets to Learning Better

Below is a blog post from LeadingBlog.

5 Secrets to Learning Better

With exam season upon us in the northern hemisphere, experimental psychologist Tom Stafford has offered some lessons for learning better. He and his colleague Mike Dewar, studied how people learn to play an online game. “Computer games provide a great way to study learning: they are something people spend many hours practicing, and they automatically record every action people take as they practice. Players even finish the game with a score that tells them how good they are.” 


Here is what they found:

1.    Space Your Practice. Cramming isn’t the answer. You should space out your studying. People who spaced out their practicing scored higher. “In fact, the longer the gaps the higher the scores.”

2.    Make Sure You Fail Occasionally. People that were the most inconsistent in the beginning had better scores later on. People who did better didn’t worry about making mistakes. They explored and made mistakes.

3.    Practice the Thing You’ll be Tested On. If your exam is an essay, then you need to practice writing. If it is fact retrieval then you need to practice retrieving information. Practice exams make good sense.

4.    Structure Information, Don’t Try to Remember It. There is almost no correlation between trying to remember something and actually remembering it. Our brains remember by making connections to existing memory. “You need to reorganize the information in some way – whether by making notes of your notes, thinking about how what you’re reading relates to other material, or practicing writing answers.”

5.    Rest and Sleep. Studying all night doesn’t help you. “New research shows that a brief rest after learning something can help you remember it a week later. Other experiments have shown that a full night’s sleep helps you learn new skills or retain information. Even napping can help consolidate your memories, and maybe even make you more creative.” Get your sleep. It’s more important than another hour of study.

Fourth Anniversary

This has been an awesome year for my blogs. I had over 550 posts this year and over 15,000 new visitors. Below are my top posts for this year.my-thank-you-cards

  1. Using Evernote as a Customer Relationship Management(CRM) Tool (Second Year)
  2. How to Deal with Rude People – 5 Lessons for Leaders and Others
  3. The Great Depression Part 34. Tracking housing values from 1940 to 2011.
  4. The Role of the iPad in Construction Consulting, Green Building and Forensic Investigations(Second Year)
  5. Using Customer Journey Maps to Improve Customer Experience (Second Year)
  6. Mind Manager
  7. Checklist Manifesto (Third Year)
  8. The Power of Habit
  9. Thank you for your business – we really appreciate it
  10. Lignin — Wood Science
  11. Very Funny Team Building Cartoon (Second Year)
  12. 2012 Predictions for Timber Industry
  13. Great Designs in Wood
  14. Three Myths about What Customers Want

Thank you for your support over the past year.

Third Anniversary

This year has been a wonderful year for my blogs. I had 400 posts this year. Below are the top ten views for the year.

  1. Housing Supply: What do all the numbers mean?
  2. The Role of the iPad in Construction Consulting, Green Building and Forensic Investigations
  3. Using Evernote as a Customer Relationship Management(CRM) Tool
  4. Very Funny Team Building Cartoon
  5. The Proper Way to Write a Business Letter
  6. New RISI Study Forecasts China’s Timber Supply Deficit to Increase by 55% by 2015
  7. Using Customer Journey Maps to Improve Customer Experience
  8. Checklist Manifesto
  9. Book examines World War II sawmill in Concord crewed by women
  10. Wise Up, Lumberyards: Smartphones Aren’t Going Away

Thank you for your support over the past year.