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5 Business Lessons You Can Learn from Teachers

business lessonsLet’s be real: we’re all wondering what is the best way to educate our kids. The traditional classroom leaves lots of gaps in kids’ skills, and parents, teachers and employers all know it.

The best teachers are working hard for students in the existing framework, changing what they can and making an impact every single day. Making more with less, getting community support, and finding creative ways to encourage learning are just some of the skills teachers use to support their students.

Ready to make significant steps forward in your business? Take some lessons from teachers.

5 Business Lessons You Can Learn from Teachers

1. Celebrate Your Victories

Teachers do a great job of inspiring students by celebrating milestones with class parties, ceremonies and even recruiting parents as cheerleaders. Celebrations support learning and connect students to what’s happening in the world.

What would it be like to celebrate your small victories this week?

Whether it’s getting those invoices out, clearing your inbox or finishing a lagging project, celebrating small victories will have a big impact on your momentum.

2. Go All In

From teacher sweaters to seasonal accessories (snowman broach, anyone?), teachers use every available opportunity to squeeze some learning in.

image via @sciencefriday

image via @sciencefriday

Can you squeeze in more ways to serve your clients?

Sharing an article, writing a blog post, or recommending a service or product are all ways to stay connected with your clients. Strengthen your client relationships by showing that you are invested in the work you do.

3. Be Enduringly Compassionate

The job of a teacher is not defined by a single moment, but a culmination of work that moves learners forward.

Teachers know that their job is to teach, pick up and try it again from a different angle, for every student, even the stinkers.

Especially the stinkers.

Where could you show some compassion in your business?

Often, we are our own worst bosses, with never-ending to-do lists, impatience with sales and marketing and not-so positive feedback. It’s hard to stay energized and motivated without some compassion and care where it’s most needed.

4. Tell Your Story

My teacher pals are wickedly funny. They have seen the most awkward, funny and endearing moments, and have learned how to tell those stories.

What story do you tell about your business?

Learn how to tell it well. Good stories can reinforce your credibility, make you relatable and memorable…the best kind of marketing.

5. Rally the Troops

Teachers are exceptional at rallying the troops.  They shuttle a battalion of kids from class to class, monitor the late night escapades of tween dances and are busy organizing the next graduation trip. Teachers keep things together and moving forward.

What support do you need for your business?

Check the areas that seem a bit frayed, or that you want to completely ignore. Support can come in the way of a little more attention in that area, pivoting approaches, changing goals and even pulling in specific helpers.

In your business, you are working hard to get and keep your customers, balancing operations with marketing, all the while pushing forward towards your next set of goals. Just like teachers are engaging students, balancing classroom management with standardized testing, and staying in line with mandated curriculum.

What business lessons do you think can be learned from teachers?


3 Reasons to Be Like The Cookie Monster

Cookie Monster is a kick-ass muppet. Not only is C for Cookie (and that’s good enough for me), he gets to play with all the cool kids. Song of the summer 2012? The Top 40 Version of Cookie Monster’s remix “Share it Maybe” topped the charts for kids and kids-at-heart.

I love that furry little cookie-eating freak and here’s why you need to get in touch with your inner Cookie Monster:

1. Fierce Intensity:  Coffee cake with frosting, doesn’t phase Cookie Monster. He loves cookies. Cookies, dammit! What if you loved, learned, lived and led with that sort of fierce intensity?

Laser focus: Cooooookie. *pew pew* (<–laser gun noises)

He’s going out to get his cookies.

2. Gluttonous Satisfaction: The website 1000 Awesome Things named Eating Cookies Like Cookie Monster it’s #935th Awesome Thing. According to 1000 Awesome Things:

Eating cookies like Cookie Monster is great because, more than anything, it represents freedom. Yes, free thought takes you to the pantry, free will makes you grab that cookie package and sit down on the couch, and free Wonder Years reruns keep you company while you sit down and enjoy. You’re the Executive Chef in your personal Dessert Kitchen here. Just tell me that’s not liberating.

It doesn’t need to be cookies, but what do you just go to town on because it represents freedom? Paint? The dance floor? Sunday gameathons? Y’know what I am sayin’?

3. Love love love: Amongst pieces of cookies flying, mashed into his black mouth and tossed overhead in the revelry of cookie acquisition, there is always a moment with Cookie Monster. The moment when he realizes that he has been in a cookie-makeout coma and that there are other friends (plush, virtual or other) around. His googley eyes say:

Oops. Sorry, I got caught up there. Want some of the thing THAT I LOVE MOST IN THIS WORLD?

For that, you are a muppet among mice, Cookie Monster. May we all share so willingly.

Happy Friday. Get fiercely intense, gluttonously satisfied and give love, love, love.