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Never Stop Learning: Stay Relevant, Reinvent Yourself, and Thrive

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  222 ratings  ·  25 reviews

We now live in a learning economy, says Brad Staats, and while learning has always been important, the returns on lifetime learning are greater than ever. Our primary focus must be on our ability to learn. We must strive to develop new skills to create more value--or be left behind. As Jeff Immelt, Chairman and former CEO of GE, has noted, "You never hire somebody, no matt

Kindle Edition, 240 pages
Published May 15th 2018 by Harvard Business Review Press
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Christopher Lawson
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
In NEVER STOP LEARNING, professor Bradley Staats explains why we often do just that. His research shows we fall into all kinds of traps, which impede our learning.

I found it helpful to first skim through the book to get a feel for his points. Then, I went back and read in greater detail the points that seemed most relevant to me.

I found two chapters in particular to be especially valuable:
Chapter 2: "Why Don't We Learn from Failure?" and
Chapter 4: "Asking Questions."

Our society frowns on failu
Ann (thebookisbetterann)
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: leadership-books
I read this book as part of the Next Big Idea Book Club. The content in Never Stop Learning is easy to understand and has a lot of practical applications that can easily be immediately implemented as part of day-to-day business operations. The two most important concepts for me were one (1) taking time to reflect on what just occurred, and two (2) the process is just as important as the result. I would recommend this book if you are an adult learner and want to incorporate more learning into the ...more
The  Conch
Jul 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: business
Few important points discussed in the book as follows:
- One must be dynamic learner for survival in career
- Routine jobs will be taken by AI, whereas there will emergence of non-routine cognitive jobs
- One must learn in such a way that she could compete in global arena, because jobs will be like that
- Strengthen one's strength. It is better than rectifying one's weakness
- Be aware of Bias like -
Outcome - when outcome of an action is good then thinking that process is flaw less and vice versa
Jan Daker
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you are in the business & your team need to read this book! Subtitle says it all: Stay Relevant, Reinvent Yourself, & Thrive.
Lots of positive practical research driven ideas for you & your team to try. Even if it's just the book.
An easy read but slow it down to absorb all of the research.
Zoe Sharan
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: business
A read that was both easy and compelling

It was great to read something by an Academic that was mainly in laymens terms. This book is for all audiences. If you know a blocked learner definitely slip them this book as it's a great education piece with practical tips that also holds up a mirror.
Darci Isherwood
Sep 15, 2018 rated it liked it
A great look at continuous learning, which I’m a big fan of. I believe that learning is a life-long endeavor. There’s not a ton of mind bending new information, but a good read nonetheless.
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I must say that I, overall, enjoyed this book. However, the first half of the book was much stronger than the latter half. Reading about the changing learning economy, the process of learning, and asking questions to learn was fascinating and interesting from a business perspective. I'm not exactly sure how the second part of the title applies to the book though. Possibly staying relevant through the series of learning exercises but hardly reinventing yourself. I guess if you used the methodolog ...more
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: productivity
This was a great book that explains how to keep learning in the context of a busy life. Staats explains why continuous learning is not only important, but enjoyable, and he provides advice on how to keep learning, including overcoming the barriers -- often self inflicted-- in front of us. Staats addresses one guideline per chapter, and the pattern in most of the chapters is especially helpful. He starts by motivating the principle. Then he follows up by explaining why its effective (with data an ...more
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-books
Never Stop Learning was an interesting read. The author goes into detail about how the average person has 12 jobs in their lifetime and constant learning is now a requirement to stay relevant and thrive. There's some great content in this book but I found it to be very chapter specific. Some chapters were packed with value, and others I felt like I could have skipped altogether. Each has a specific topic that the author covers. Some of my favorites were learning from failure, asking questions, p ...more
Faisal F. Bin Zarah
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Obvious but sheds the light on details.

It’s obvious that learning is important, but in our daily routine and distractions hours, days and years pass by with no new skills or knowledge this book states the obvious but breaks it down to the basics for you to place the building blocks of how to actually keep learning.

It was summarized in the last chapter from this “Living in a learning economy means that we must all approach learning with four mindsets: focused, fast, frequent, and flexible.”
Rafael O
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Nee ideas and reflections about learning process

I do like that the author presented new ideas about the learning process and new information supported on research about tips to better learn
Amanda Stewart
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read this via audiobook and loved it! I learned (or was reminded of) so many great strategies for lifelong learning not just as a professional, but I also made connections to teaching. Highly recommended for those hungry for more knowledge!!
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this to be a very readable compendium of research on learning, especially noting the actions we can take to increase our learning experiences and maximize the physical and cognitive environment we learn in.
Sebastián Dueñas
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it

As a lawyer I was looking for a book that helped me to find different ways to improve my career. The book may be an excellent source of ideas for any person that wants to learn and keep progressing as live goes on.
Brad Lockey
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own-audiobook
I had high hopes for this book to learn about how we learn and how to find out things we don't know. I think it falls hard on it's face. I'll keep learning, but by reading diffetent titles.
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book and the insight that learning is more important than ever.
Beth Meyers
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very interesting and easy read on the research done on How we Learn and how to improve the process.
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
Some interesting tidbits. Most noteworthy is to focus on your weaknesses that are adjacent to your strengths.
Ricardo Pineda
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Un buen libro con técnicas mas claras de porque aprender a aprender. Además con estudios que soportan cada herramienta. Recomendado
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Practical. Encouraging. I appreciate that this is not just for the aging.
Gregg R.
Nov 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Good book about how to reinvent yourself, but a little forgettable.
Stevo Brock
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was a Best of the Best for July 2018 selection by Stevo's Book Reviews on the Internet:
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book presented some nice ideas but it was boring. The writing dragged on longer than it should have.
Jan 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Was ok.
Lindsay Hickman
Apr 04, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a very good book for those looking to understand how they can better themselves in school or work. The subject is trying to continue to learn throughout life, no matter or age, job situation, or place in the world. A few key points I took away from this book was the importance of time away from your main source of work/learning. If you only work at your job, and over work at it, you are actually more likely decreasing your productivity and hurting your health. It is much better for your ...more
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Brad Staats integrates work in operations management and human behavior to understand how and under what conditions individuals, teams, and organizations can perform their best. His first book, Never Stop Learning: Stay Relevant, Reinvent Yourself and Thrive was selected by Susan Cain, Adam Grant, Malcolm Gladwell, and Dan Pink as a Summer 2018 selection for their Next Big Idea Book Club. His rese ...more