Teaching Is A Gift, Learning Is A Skill

“In the Western tradition, we have focused on teaching as a skill and forgotten what Socrates knew: teaching is a gift, learning is a skill.”

—    Peter Drucker

There are a few folks in this world for which learning comes naturally and easily. For the rest of us, we need to continuously develop and hone this skill. We spend the first 18 years of our lives practicing this skill and if we decide to pursue college or trade school we practice it for a few more years. Then we enter the “real” world where we are challenged to put to use all that we have learned. Typically we experience another learning experience with a new job or career and again are challenged to put together all that we “know”. Eventually though, something interesting happens. Maybe it’s our first job that we keep for a long time or perhaps we’ve tried a few jobs here and there before we finally find ourselves where we are. Either way, eventually something interesting happens. We get comfortable and/or confident in what we know and what we do. Experience has taken over and we can roll with the punches and take care of the daily tasks that come our way almost without thinking about them. It’s kind of like we are on autopilot sometimes. From time to time we are caught off guard or surprised but we manage to get through and then we are back on autopilot and all is well. Sound familiar??? If so, keep reading. In the end I want to give you something that might help.

For many of us who find ourselves in leadership positions at work or church or even leading at the home front as parents, we discover that what we know isn’t quite enough to be as effective as we want to be. But we’re not quite sure where to turn or what we need to learn. That can be discouraging so I want to throw another quote at you to fuel more thought: “As long as you’re green, you’re growing. As soon as you’re ripe, you start to rot.”— Ray Kroc    Those are strong words but if you’ll give it a little thought you’ll probably agree. The world around us is growing and changing faster than ever before. And if we want to continue to be effective as leaders we are going to have to grow and change with it. Otherwise, eventually, we won’t be leading them anywhere at all and someone else will have to take the baton and carry on.

Now, we don’t have to know everything all at once. We simply need to stay ahead of those we lead. Sure, we want to know as much as we can so that we can be effective. But with regard to what we are talking about today, just focus on continually learning so that you always have something new to offer your team. And there is no shortage of information or training. We have learning resources all around us. We can learn from books, videos, coaches, teachers, our peers, classrooms, etc. And now we have 24 hour access to online reading and videos to learn just about anything we need to learn. You might have to get creative to work with your schedule but I promise it will be worth it. And the folks that follow you will benefit as well. So do it for yourself and most of all, do it for them.

So what does it take? It takes commitment. And it won’t happen by mistake. You have to be very intentional. You are going to have to prioritize your time and make learning a top priority. The farther down the list it goes, the less likely it will happen. Soon I will do a FREE webinar to help you learn and grow and have a greater impact. If you have interest in this FREE webinar please reply to this email so I can provide you the details. Forward this to any of your friends who might be interested and ask them to go to
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Keep Growing, Be Blessed


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