Teaching Smart People How to Learn

Teaching Smart People How to Learn

By Chris Argyris

Harvard Business School Press, Paperback, 9781422126004, 72pp.

Publication Date: May 19, 2008

Why are your smartest and most successful employees often the worst learners? Likely, they haven't had the opportunities for introspection that failure affords. So when they do fail, instead of critically examining their own behavior, they cast blame outwardon anyone or anything they can. In "Teaching Smart People How to Learn," Chris Argyris sheds light on the forces that prevent highly skilled employees for learning from mistakes and offers suggestions for helping talented employees develop more productive responses. Since 1922, "Harvard Business Review" has been a leading source of breakthrough ideas in management practice-many of which still speak to and influence us today. The HBR Classics series now offers you the opportunity to make these seminal pieces a part of your permanent management library. Each volume contains a groundbreaking idea that has shaped best practices and inspired countless managers around the world-and will change how you think about the business world today.

About the Author
Cary Cooper is Professor of Organizational Psychology at the Manchester School of Management (UMIST) where he is also Pro-Vice-Chancellor.

Chris Argyris is James B Conant Professor of Educational and Organizational Behaviour at the Graduate School of Business, Harvard University.