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Avoid Icebergs: How To Prevent Learning from Sinking

In 1912, an unsinkable ship, the Titanic, sank when it hit an iceberg. In modern-day learning situations, unwitting trainers sink training programs when they announce, "We're going to start with an icebreaker." Most of the participants, in response, experience a sinking feeling. And they may be right.

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The human brain is wired to preserve the person it inhabits. Consequently, it has two primary goals: survival and pleasure. Survival is obviously important. Without survival, the bra

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