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Learning can be pretty sweet

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in Leaders & Managers,Office Technology,Workplace Communication

Continuous improvement applies to people as well as products.

Take the 48 Cistercian Sisters of Mount Saint Mary’s Abbey in Wrentham, Mass. They get up every day at 3 a.m., pray until almost 8 a.m., and then start making chocolate, which they sell to sustain the abbey and their lives of “beautiful simplicity.”

A few years ago, the nuns decided to install new computers and a web-based ordering system for their Trappistine Quality Candy business. As of this spring, they’d moved to open-source software for their main web pages.

The result is better customer service, a more efficient business and more time for prayer.

Lesson: Keep improving your knowledge and skills, updating your credentials and adapting your professional life to its best effect.

—Adapted from Stepping Up, Gary Snodgrass, Greenleaf Book Group Press.

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