Learn; Diagnose; Read; Implement; Read; Implement; Repeat — Life-Long Learning Means ALL MY LIFE LONG Learning


Adrianna Mitchell, a middle-school student from Newark, NJ, explains a coding learning program to President Barack Obama during an “Hour of Code” event in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington, DC, on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014.  (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)
Adrianna Mitchell, a middle-school student from Newark, NJ, explains a coding learning program to President Barack Obama during an “Hour of Code” event in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington, DC, on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

“Learning these skills isn’t just important for your future. It’s important for our country’s future.”
President Barack Obama
Obama Becomes First President to Write a Computer Program by Klint Finley

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If the president can learn to write a simple computer code, then…  (By the way, look carefully at the photo.  President Obama, like most of us, are behind the learning curve of middle-school students when it comes to technology).

Let’s start here. If you have nothing else to learn; if you are doing everything as well as it can possibly be done; if your company and/or your top team or your department and your colleagues are all the very best on the planet… then read no further.

But let’s assume that you have more to learn. Let’s assume that you know that you have more to learn – more improvements to make, more ideas to try – in your company, on and with your team, in your personal life. Personal productivity improvements. Company-wide productivity improvements. You know that there is more to learn. So much more to learn.

Then… make learning a part of your regular schedule.

Maybe the formula is this:

Diagnose your weak spots
Identify specific improvements to strive for
Read books and articles and have conversations to help you make those improvements
(or, read to help you earlier in this formula – to help you diagnose your weak spots)
Make those improvements.

Lots of people read books… But, I have this feeling that not many people are good at reading books and then putting what they read into practice. I get that. I’ve certainly read books, and thought “I should do that. I need to do that.” And then, I don’t do that.

So, maybe you need to read books, and then have conversations with someone about what you learned and what you therefore intend to do.  (And maybe I need to take these steps also).

And, then, you actually do what you intend to do.

And now you have learned something.

In other words, life-long learning means ALL MY LIFE LONG Learning.

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