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The hard truth by 'Z': How's your learning curve?

The lessons never stop coming unless you ignore them

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Good teachers say they’re always learning from their students. Millionaire salespeople say they’re still discovering how to sell after 30 years. Grizzled CEOs—the best ones—say they’re constantly learning from their employees and customers.

I buy that.

I’ve never stopped learning. It’s a big reason I got this far.

I’ve never claimed to know more than I did. Early on, I’d pick the brains of folks who knew their game. One was a number-crunching consultant who taught me to read spreadsheets. I never worried about asking dumb questions.

Apply it now

When you learn something new, go beyond saying “How interesting” and filing it away. Integrate it somehow into your thought process. Apply it. Otherwise, it will fade over time.

For example, a new hire told me about open-book management principles that his old firm embraced. I wasn’t sure how it worked, so I had him explain the steps. I decided that unless I put at least some of thes...(register to read more)

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