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Podcast with Assist. Prof. Chris Myers

Are You Maximizing Your Learning Experiences? Podcast with Chris Myers

Chris Myers is an assistant professor in the management and organization discipline, the academic director of executive education at the John Hopkins University Carey Business School and holds a joint appointment in anesthesiology at the John Hopkins University School of Medicine. Chris’ research and teaching focuses on individual learning, leadership development and innovation with particular attention to how people learn vicariously and share knowledge and his work has been recognized with several scholarly awards and has been featured in a range of leading academic journals and popular media articles and outlets.

In this weeks episode, we explore why focusing on learning opportunities can help workers to manage their levels of stress and how opportunities for coactive vicarious learning ensures there are no passive observers to the learning process.

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You’ll Learn:

  • [02:53] – Chris explains why focusing on learning opportunities, rather than gritting our teeth, grinding through or taking a break, can be a more effective way of dealing with stress at work.
  • [05:59] – Chris offers some tips to help us reach for learning opportunities during moments of stress.
  • [07:56] – Chris shares some examples of how workplaces are encouraging their workers to reach for more learning opportunities.
  • [09:34] – Chris explains why when teams engage together in learning behavior, they report significantly lower levels of burnout.
  • [11:08] – Chris outlines how learning together in teams helps to improve workers growth mindsets and their levels of psychological safety.
  • [12:07] – Chris explains why the process of vicarious learning has been found to be one of the most effective ways for teams to learn together.
  • [13:53] – Chris walks us through how coactive vicarious learning takes our ability to learn together a step further, by ensuring there are no passive observers to the learning process.
  • [18:19] – Chris provides some tips on how the process of coactive vicarious learning could be used to amplify the use of wellbeing strategies in workplaces.
  • [20:20] – Chris offers some caveats and cautions for supporting coactive vicarious learning in your workplace.
  • [22:58] – Chris completes the Lightning Round.

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