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Catalytic Learning

How to Turn Insights into Performance

Four of the five X factors—situation sensing, talent accelerating, career piloting, and complexity translating—differentiate high potentials from their peers and others. The fifth X factor that supports all the others is a mindset we call “catalytic learning.”

Catalytic learning is learning with a purpose. It’s what you do with what you’re learning, how you take insights and lessons and convert them into performance. It’s catalytic because this kind of learning transforms lessons into actions. High potentials learn quickly and understand how to apply that learning to benefit the organization.

In chapter 1, we mentioned that entrepreneur Elon Musk possesses one of the X factors in spades. ...

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