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Below is a collection of our "Friday Facts". Think you know the answers? Click on the arrows to find out!

This Week's Fact

Answer: D. 8 billion

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Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/miketempleman/2017/09/06/17-stats-about-video-marketing/#27332fd6567f




Friday Facts from previous weeks

Answer: C. 360

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Answer: Chess

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Answer: E. All of the above

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Answer: D. 50%

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Answer: A quote from Kristian Villumsen, Senior Vice President, Coloplast, a very satisfied adaptive learning customer:

"In healthcare, accurate knowledge is crucial for an effective sales team. Adaptive learning ensures our team builds the knowledge and confidence they need, in the most optimal way."

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Answer: Adaptive Learning is truly personalized instruction; the kind that feels one-on-one training because it immediately and continually adapts as it recognizes what the learner already knows - and prevents redundant, boring content from being delivered. And it is a convenient-to-use, online platform.

What to learn more? Check out this 3 minute video to learn the benefits of adaptive learning for Business, the Training Function, and the Learner.

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Answer: D. All of the above

Merit is so committed to providing the most effective training experiences, that we have partnered with Area9, a company that developed a technology platform for Adaptive Learning, and we actively transforming many of our programs into this format.

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Answer: Because in this type of leadership environment, the blurred lines between boss and worker enables increased creativity, more ownership of work and outcomes, and greater cultural sharing.

To learn more about leadership, decision-making and problem solving, consider bringing one of these courses to your organization, either virtually or in-person:

Answer: B. Poor work / life balance.

Research shows that high Emotional Intelligence (EQ), studied for over 30 years, predicts success beyond an individual's knowledge, skills and abilities. Emotionally intelligent leaders have significantly greater annual profit growth, increased customer satisfaction, and higher personnel retention. Studies show that lack of EQ may limit

Answer: According to a Smartsheet.com comparison of PMP Salaries vs. PM Salaries, the PMP certification is realy worth the effort. Of course it varies by industry, years' experience and geographical location, but the PMP is a real differentiator that translates into increased compensation. Smartsheet aggregated the salary information for project managers from companies including PMI®, PayScale, Glassdoor, Indeed, Salary.com, Monster.com, Careerbuilder.com, the Robert Half Company and Angel List (a website focused on startups.) Their findings indicate that it is usually worth a 20% higher salary, with ranges from 10 - 22%. Read here for more information.

Source: https://www.smartsheet.com/2017-comparison-pmp-salary-sources-and-surveys

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Answer: The principal advantage of the pre-mortem technique is that it legitimizes doubts and encourages everyone, even supporters of the decision, to search for possible threats not considered in the decision-making process.

Answer: The way a question is worded, or framed, impacts our thought processing and can sway our openness or aversion to risk when making decisions. Research by Kahneman and Taversky shows that when we use "get" in the question, we will almost always take the safer option. If the question is phrased with "lose", we choose the riskier one.

For example, if we were told that we have a 50% chance of getting free tickets to the concert if we attend an information session, we are less likely to do this than if we are told we have a 50% of losing the concert tickets.

Relevant courses where we teach risk management techniques include:

Answer: Active listening involves both non-verbal and verbal skills. "Following" is a useful verbal skill and is demonstrated by focusing on the speaker and simply showing neutral encouragement by saying things at appropriate points, such as: I see, I understand, explain this further, please, and so on.

  1. Experiential learning from first-hand experience increases retention of knowledge.
  2. Integration of concepts because experiential learning increases understanding, participants learn to link knowledge areas and apply concepts broadly.
  3. Risk-free learning enables participants to earn from their mistakes in a safe environment.
  4. Adjustable difficulty controls allow instructors to increase competency by matching learners experience to their content and pace of learning.

Learn more about active listening in these courses:

Answer: The advantages of simulation learning include:

  1. Experiential learning from first-hand experience increases retention of knowledge.
  2. Integration of concepts because experiential learning increases understanding, participants learn to link knowledge areas and apply concepts broadly.
  3. Risk-free learning enables participants to earn from their mistakes in a safe environment.
  4. Adjustable difficulty controls allow instructors to increase competency by matching learners experience to their content and pace of learning.

See first-hand how simulation tools like SimulTrain® aid learning in these courses:

Answer: Bounded Rationality

Bounded rationality is the concept that explains why we are limited in our ability to make the best decision possible. It refers to our cognitive limitations of the mind and the time available to make the decision. The short answer is that we are seeking a satisfactory solution rather than an optimal one.

Learn more about the influencers that affect our decision-making and tools we can learn to optimize them in our courses...

Answer: 12 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Giving Feedback

  1. Judging individuals, not their actions, behaviors or the outcomes of these
  2. Being vague; not providing evidence-based feedback
  3. Speaking for others instead of your own observation
  4. Using "sandwich" technique where the meat of your message is hidden
  5. Exaggerated feedback reduces credibility
  6. Attempt to psychoanalyze the other person's behavior
  7. The feedback drags on too long, is redundant, or just overly detailed
  8. Threatening tone or message put people on the defensive and has less of a chance of "getting through"
  9. Given infrequently, especially if positive feedback is not given
  10. Giving only negative or "constructive" feedback
  11. Discussed too late; feedback must be timely in relation to the event
  12. Delivered as a monologue, not dialogue - Should be solicited or offered, not imposed

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Answer: The answer is d. We make about 35,000 decisions a day!

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