School’s NOT Out for Summer

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School’s NOT Out for Summer

Like many of you, members of our team belong to professions that require us to be licensed to practice. So every year, we engage in continuing education, just like our friends who are social workers, engineers, estheticians, and architects. We do it to comply with standards of practice, to uphold our credentials and to maintain membership in our professional associations. But mostly, we do it because we want to be lifelong learners.

If there’s anything we’ve learned so far in life, it’s that our best opportunities come when we’re keeping up with new ideas and advances. When we’re intellectually curious, and interacting with people who challenge us, the ideas just seem to flow. And while we value the traditional, structured education we received earlier in life, it’s the unstructured everyday learning that really has made a difference for us.

As a leader, your education is never over. Here are seven ways you can use the world as your classroom and cultivate your growth together.

  1. Visit and check out categories like Science & Tech or Writing. There you’ll find 180+ classes and original series across 11 categories
  2. Explore the top 25 Ted Talks at or wander around the site and find something that piques your interest from the more than 2500 videos.
  3. Read Peter Thomsen’s “How 50 Cups of Coffee Can Change Your Life,” on and then make a list of the first five people you’re going to have coffee with.
  4. Make it a point to learn one interesting thing every day about at least one person you meet. Everyone has a story to tell and we all have something to learn.
  5. Ask your business associates what they’re reading or scan your friends’ lists on to find new books to read.
  6. Visit and ask any question you like such as, “What can I learn right now in 10 minutes that will be useful for the rest of my life?” or sign up to follow topics you’re interested in.
  7. Practice morning journaling – three pages of longhand stream-of-consciousness writing first thing in the morning. You might be amazed at the insights you can glean from your groggy self.

If you could learn something new, or from someone new, what or who would it be? How would that make you a better leader? Learning doesn’t stop at the schoolhouse door.