We know a lot about the brain, about how it learns and how it embeds the learning, building new neural patterns and pathways as it does so. We know the optimal conditions for learning to be retained and remembered.
We know that this is exactly what expats need. To learn fast- and to retain the learning.
It’s continuous learning over a whole range of aspects. From day-to-day learning like new currencies and driving rules, to spatial learning – creating the mental maps to orient themselves in their new environment, to language learning and different styles of communication, to work effectiveness with adaptations to management styles, appropriate ways to lead, influence and relate with each level of the organization – so much to learn!
The beginning of an expat assignment is continuous, non-stop, learning.
But it’s not just absorbing content –it’s also having the insight to recognise when to adapt and when to operate as you might at home.
Neuroscience has uncovered some of the optimal conditions for learning to be retained and remembered. How can this research help the expat brain?