What is Enough?
Today’s the last day of summer vacation. On Monday, it’s on to third grade for my kiddo! I’m struck by how committed we are as a society to put processes into place to educate our children, and then for some crazy reason, think that, as adults, development isn’t necessary. There are quotes from thousands of respected gurus out there about the value of life-long learning and yet so often we back-burner our own growth, either assuming that we’ll get around to it later, or thinking we already know all we need to know.
My kid says that. “I know enough, mommy. Why do I need to go to school?” And I smile, with visions of unemployment dancing in my head and say, “We all think we know enough. None of us really do.”
What is enough?
When you get a certain title – let’s say “VP” – is that enough? What about “SVP”? “CEO”? If you own your own company, is that enough? We can all think of people with fancy titles and see what they could stand to work on, yet sometimes in the blur of our own busy lives, it’s hard to catch site of ourselves in the mirror.
So what if we were to just assume, that all of us have things we could work on? And that if we want the people who report to us, who work for our organizations, who make it possible for our businesses to succeed, to cultivate and bring their best, that we need to model growing ourselves. That sending “our people” to training isn’t enough.
Imagine an organizational culture where everyone was committed to learning. Continually. To bringing their best. Knowing that, simply because we’re human, it will never be enough.
©OnStage Leadership, 2013
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