The talk in my family these days is all about school. My wife, Lisa, and I are just back from getting two of our daughters set up for another year at college. Our son has just begun his junior year of high school. And Lisa has an energetic class of 26 new kindergartners to shepherd through their first year of school.
I myself am glad I never have to worry about my GPA again, but that doesn’t at all mean I’m done learning.
Because once you stop learning, you stop growing. And once you stop growing, your business is stuck.
Here are three ways I keep myself sharp:
1. Reading. It’s reported that the average CEO reads 60 books a year. I’m not quite hitting that number, but I always have at least one book I’m working my way through. The best I‘ve read lately (or, in this case, reread) is Bo Burlingham’s Small Giants. Greatest takeaway? Bigger isn’t always better. Many of us focus exclusively on growing our sales, when what we should focus on is growing our profits, growing our people, and getting better as a company.