Learning Ability

The ability to absorb new information readily and to put it into practice effectively.

does not give up easily
shows discipline in his/her studies and training
is motivated to learn
is eager to learn
reads up on relevant literature in order to improve

understands instructions quickly and is able to perform them
asks many questions on technical and functional matters
recognizes his/her mistakes and attempts to correct or prevent them
is able to put learnt theory into practice
gains information from conversations that is useful for his/her routine
uses acquired knowledge practically

develops new ideas and proposals after studying and processes matters that have to do with his/her position
asks for feedback on his/her performance in order to improve
is able to absorb complex information and integrate it into his/her own method
quickly learns from his/her mistakes
uses newly acquired knowledge readily for his/her own organization

understands the code of conduct, rules and regulations in a new environment and acts accordingly
understands complex information about target groups, trends, social research, et cetera and uses it for his/her organization
readily apprehends partners' or competitors' strategies in order to propose effective measures for his/her organization
uses the possibilities of theoretical knowledge for his/her organization

Learning ability can be easily developed if the candidate has a more than average score (7,8,9) on the drives Ambition & challenges, Persistence and the Cognitive Capability Assessment.

In what ways have you developed over the last year? How does that show?
Could you give an example of a situation in which you learned from your mistakes?
Did you ever do an extra training course? What did you learn? Could you give a concrete example of the way you put that lesson into practice?
Could you give an example of something you learned elsewhere and practise in your current work?
In which areas do you want to develop further? How will you do that?

When placed in a new situation or given a new task, try to ask yourself what you find difficult. What are differences with familiar situations?
Look at a problem carefully, put it aside, then go back to it.
Make an inventory of issues that could be improved in your work.
Take time to think. Do not feel embarrassed about your mistakes.
Find out which ways of learning appeal to you taking a TMA Talent Assessment.

Encourage your candidate to ask others for 360º feedback regarding his personal development. What goes well and what could be improved? Discuss the results with the candidate.
Investigate with your candidate what could be an interesting interaction with another person. Ask him afterwards what went well and what he found difficult when interacting with the other person. Ask him what could be improved and how, and practise with him.
Encourage your candidate to experiment with behavior that is opposed to his normal behavior. Practise such situations together first.
Ask the candidate to gather new, recent information on a topic that is important to him. Ask how this has changed his view on the topic. Ask if and how he can apply this information in his work. See if brainstorming on this question works.
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