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As a leader, I’ve observed that a key differentiator which separates superstar performers from average employees is their desire for continuous self-development.

By definition, lifelong learning is the ongoing, voluntary, and self-motivated pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons.

My personal self-improvement pursuit includes:

  • voracious reading of business books and magazines
  • consistently applying automobile university (listening to books on CD while driving)
  • attending live seminars
  • utilizing the amazing and unlimited content of the internet
  • challenging myself physically with new and diverse sporting activities

Consider being a “role model of possibility!”  Becoming all that you can be by striving to always keep growing can set an example that will change other people’s lives.

As Marshall Goldsmith eloquently stated, “What Got You Here Won’t Get You There”.

 

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We learn and grow by doing, being and taking chances.  To sit idly on the sidelines without adventure is to squander the gift of existence.

In both life and leadership, we make decisions on a daily basis that impact our lives, as well as the lives of others.  We are hopeful that the knowledge we have gained in the past, coupled with using our best judgment today will yield an optimal result.

However, in reality, things don’t always play out the way we had hoped or planned!  It is from those experiences that we gain additional wisdom, and perhaps do better with the next decision-making opportunity.

Cherish the mistakes that you (and others) have made, seize those as learning moments, exercise forgiveness (to yourself and to others), and press forward to make a difference in this world…you are being judged!

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I’ve been a part of several “learning” organizations that placed great emphasis on competitive analysis and awareness, in the interest of achieving performance improvement.

An executional challenge arises in that during the “press of business”, we tend to become overwhelmed by the daily reactionary activity screaming for our attention.  Before you know it, there goes another day, week or month and nothing much has changed in terms of how we operate.

This quote by Jack Welch, former CEO of GE, sums up one of the major differentiators between successful and “wanna-be” organizations, the ability to effectively transform what we have learned into meaningful action; and do it with adequate intensity to impact performance and results.

Knowledge is potential power” sums it up nicely!  If you are unable to apply what you’ve learned, nothing will change.