As a school student I was a lazy learner, just doing enough to get by. I think my teachers were forgiving because I was also a happy soul and generally well behaved. I left school at 16 and never looked back. From time to time I wonder what would have been had I been more driven in my lessons and gone through the expected education route; what might I have gone on to do? But I have no regrets, I believe who I was led me to become who I am today.
I began enjoying learning when I found myself working in the fitness industry. It was doing something I truly loved that made learning exciting and engaging. I hadn’t experienced that at school.
Following on from my redundancy 13 years ago and going into business, learning became the centre of everything. The endless stream of challenges, wins and losses meant I had to be open to finding solutions, asking for help, reading, studying and being open to change. And the more my desire to learn grew, the more I pursued the things I loved and the more I loved them the harder I worked at being more than ‘good enough’.
Today, as I look at what has been a long and tough journey in business I couldn’t be happier. I have learnt so much about myself, others, life and what it takes to go for gold. The ability to never quit and to keep leaning in even when you think there is nothing left to lean in to. I wonder if I would have ever learnt those lessons had I remained an employee; maybe, maybe not.
As part of the Business against Poverty community we are fortunate enough to have more ways to increase our learning, to keep on developing as leaders in our lives, businesses and communities. We have access to our very own Business Skills Academy providing:
- Ethical and Values Based Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)
- Social Media Strategy – Managing your reputation
- Ethical negotiations
- Insights Discovery Profiling for enhanced communication skills
- Sales Effectiveness
- Getting the best out of your team
- Inter-cultural Competence
- Managing performance for the best outcomes
- Good governance and HR practices
In addition, there is the upcoming 2-part seminar, ‘Ethics & Sustainability-Developing Profitable Growth-Focused Businesses’ beginning on 21st June.
These are all learning opportunities to help us be the best at what we do, to become aware of collaborative opportunities we might otherwise miss and, of course, to simply enjoy.
From one life-long learner to many others; “Never stop learning because life never stops teaching” (author unknown)