Back to school (starts with your plan)!

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by Dianne Ward,
Dir. of Org. Dev.

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.” – Henry Ford

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss

As we watch children climb into their school buses with their shiny new backpacks, we are reminded that ongoing learning is important for everyone – and especially for leaders.

Today there are more reasons than ever for being a lifelong learner: rapidly changing technology, AI, differences in generations, landscape of business, economic conditions, etc. In fact, so many things are changing so quickly, the term VUCA is being used frequently in the business world. (VUCA stands for Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity).

How would you answer the following for yourself?

  1. I schedule regular time for studying and reading.
  2. I keep up with current events & what is happening in my industry.
  3. I have participated in some type of formal training in 2023.
  4. I am in the habit of reading books and other informative material.
  5. I have a written plan for my continued learning and development.

If you want to renew your commitment to being a lifelong learner, then this is the perfect time to create (or recreate) your own customized development plan!

  1. Assess where you are now and create a vision of where you would like to go
  2. Write your plan in detail
  3. Get support from others who are committed to your success
  4. Start and track your progress
  5. Make learning something new a habit each day!

Another huge advantage of being a lifelong learner is that you will be a role model for those around you – including your team and your family. If you need coach support with the ideas above, please reach out to us – we are committed to your success!

“If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.” – Unknown (but brilliant!)


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