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FEATUrE leArning is cOntinuOus Five Pillars to Ensure You Never Stop By Walt Grassl 1 1. You Are responsible for Your Education You alone are responsible for your education. Whether or not it makes sense to invest in a formal education, there are free and for-fee learning opportunities available to everyone. The public library and the Internet are two examples. 12 www.ahe.org I EXPLORE I Spring 2015 1 2 d ol d n an tio w era Ne en Yo est Ca ur on n't La ur el s 4 3 r You is enough. Those who are determined and who work hard often spend a lot of time and effort to learn new skills and maintain their existing ones. They display the most current knowledge of new technology and ideas. Having employees who will improve themselves over and above the companysponsored training is critical to an organization wanting to innovate and improve. Eleven years ago, Ben got a job working in the mailroom at a local business during the summer before starting college. The company had been in existence for over 60 years and was currently being led by Jack-a long-time employee and company legend who started in the mailroom. Three weeks into the job, on his way from the basement to the top floor, the elevator stopped and who should enter the elevator but Jack. He smiled at Ben, introduced himself, and mentioned that he started out in the mailroom. Ben was a little star struck, but as they both exited the elevator, Ben asked if Jack had any advice for him. "Never stop educating yourself," Jack said. "In fact, come into my office and let me elaborate. I have 15 minutes before my next meeting." Jack proceeded to share these five pillars for continued education: Another invaluable source of education is through people. Spend time with people who can No do things that Entit leme you can't. It may nts mean volunteering to stay late to observe someone, going to lunch with more experienced Staying associates, or findCurrent ing a mentor. You can also learn by taking on challenging assignments that are above your skill level. Discuss the help you will need to be successful, and the company leadership may reward your initiative by providing an experienced staff member oversee your on-the-job training. As your time with the company grows, You can learn pretty much anything, if seek lateral transfers or increased responsiyou work hard at it. bility without necessarily a corresponding increase in title or pay. Realize you are making 2. No Entitlements yourself more valuable to your employer, and Time in service should be no guarantee view the stretch assignments as an investof advancement in a successful business. It ment in yourself. is what one learns with his or her experience Although we are living in a time of an that determines the value of the service time. increasing sense of entitlement, we must all take care of ourselves. In other words, if you put in your time, you are guaranteed nothing. 5g M any talented people feel that they do not have anything new to learn in their chosen field. They believe what got them there for re ible ion t uA s Yo spon duca re ur E Yo 2 3 3. You Can't rest on Your Laurels "When you stop moving forward and rest on your laurels, in actuality you are falling behind all the others who continue to move forward." Many talented people feel that they do not have anything new to learn in their chosen field. They believe what got them there is enough. They become complacent. They decide they don't need to put in more effort and stop striving for success. When you reach a goal, celebrate your success, but identify your next goal and begin to take action. When you stop moving forward and rest on your laurels, in actuality you are falling behind all the others who continue to move forward. http://www.ahe.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of EXPLORE - Spring 2015

Message from the President
Engaging and Propelling Environmental Services
Empowering Frontline Staff
Learning is Continuous
Leadership in Education
Five Creative Ways to Keep Training Engaging
Meet a CHESP
AHE News & Updates

EXPLORE - Spring 2015