The MHEDA Journal - Fourth Quarter, 2015 - (Page 15)
Learning The Important Lessons
earning is always something
that interested me. I'm
fascinated to hear what
"learning style" people prefer (I'm definitely a visual
learner) and to hear about
important lessons that people learned along the way.
At the Emerging Leaders
Conference that MHEDA and
MHI hosted in Chicago on July 30,
I had the opportunity to facilitate a
round-table discussion. There were
two questions that our table discussed
that prompted the most lively discussions. They were "What is the single
most important piece of advice you
received during your career?" and
"Tell us about your most memorable
client experience, good or bad, and
how you learned from it."
The more time I spend talking to
people in our industry, the more I realize that "learning" goes beyond committing product specs to memory. It has
just as much to do with experiences.
Learning from mistakes, learning from
successes and, most importantly, learning by doing.
This issue has a lot to do with learning and education. This year, MHEDA
debuted a new Learning Management
System that had been years in the making. This LMS, discussed on page 68, is
an online tool that provides members
with a way to train employees and
track their progress. It is interactive
and blends several different learning
styles together by incorporating videos, webinars, reading and presentations into each "Career Track." And
to ensure that the information is being
retained, there is comprehensive testing
for each module.
Also in this issue, I had the chance to
interview Carolyn Perez and Clayton
Hatten from Texas A&M University
about their summer internship at
Sunbelt Industrial Trucks. They discussed, at length, the value they got
out of doing a summer-long internship
in our industry. Though they had been
exposed to material handling through
their Industrial Distribution class work,
they both got to experience, first-hand
the joys and pitfalls of working in sales.
Neither Carolyn or Clayton had practical industry experience before this
summer and the internship at Sunbelt
reinforced each of their desires to
work in sales. They also got real-world
knowledge and experiences to draw
from in their core classes in their major.
Education really is one of the core
tenets of MHEDA. Consistently,
member companies have told us
that our educational offerings, from
Convention and other live conferences to MHEDA University, are one
of the primary reasons they joined
and remain MHEDA members.
Recently, I was having a conversation with MHEDA Board Member
Mike Vaughan about an idea he had
for a column. He asked if I remembered the book "All I Really Need to
Know I Learned in Kindergarten," by
Robert Fulghum. I knew of the book
but hadn't actually read it cover to
cover but it is chock full of important
life lessons that can't be taught out of
a text book. Some quotes that I thought
were poignant are: "It doesn't matter
what you say you believe - it only matters what you do," "It wasn't in books.
It wasn't in church. What I needed to
know was out there in the world,"
"The grass is not, in fact, greener on
the other side of the fence. No, not at
all. Fences have nothing to do with
it. The grass is greenest where it is
watered. When crossing over fences,
carry water with you and tend the
grass wherever you may be."
We all have lessons that we learned
from our time in material handling.
Chances are, the lesson is fairly universal, but the experience is the story.
We'd love to hear your lesson and how
you learned it for a new feature that we
will be starting on TheMhedaJournal.
org. If you have a lesson and a story
that you would like to share email me
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The MHEDA Journal - Fourth Quarter, 2015
From the Desk of Liz Richards
Ask Your Board
MHEDA University Calandar
MHEDA MEMBER PROFILE
MHEDA’S 2016 CRITICAL IMPACT FACTORS
COLLABORATING TO GET THE JOB DONE
HOW TO GET YOUR ONLINE MARKETING EFFORTS BACK ON TRACK
BACK TO BASICS
PRIVACY AND SECURITY
A TREASURE CHEST OF EMPLOYEE TRAINING
GETTING THE MOST OUT OF AN INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
MATERIAL HANDLING M&A: 3 REALITIES IN TODAY’S INDUSTRY
PRICING THE FORGETTABLE LAST FIVE PERCENT
Spotlight on Association News
TEN MORE REASONS WHY YOU CAN’T FILL JOBS
Index to Advertisers by Product Category
The Last Word
The MHEDA Journal - Fourth Quarter, 2015