You run your own business, hopefully successfully. You probably are smarter than a fifth grader. The more important question is, just how smart do you think you are? Are you the kind of leader that thinks he knows it all? Or maybe you donâ€™t really think that but if you take a step back and analyze how you work and how you behave at work, you just might see that you send across that message.
This post is meant to be a wake up call for all small business owners out there. We have to understand the importance of learning. More than that, we have to understand that learning is a lifelong process and we just canâ€™t know it all. No matter how smart we may be, no matter how much we know, no matter how much experience we may have had, there is always something new that we can learn.
How exactly can we continue learning? Itâ€™s not that hard. I believe that the first step is to keep an open mind. Recognize and acknowledge that there is always something that can be learned. With this attitude, it will be easier to find learning experiences in most everything.
In concrete terms, one way to pick up new insights is to interact with other business owners. You donâ€™t even have to do this face to face. CEO blogs, web sites, books, and forums are all good ways to exchange information and learn.
Another way is to always keep yourself updated with regard to your field. Journals, web sites, forums, and other regular publications can help with this. For sure, new developments will arise â€“ and you cannot afford not to know about these things.
You may be smarter than a fifth grader, but you have to outsmart yourself in order to go further.
Originally posted on February 7, 2010 @ 8:26 pm