Mastering the Learning Curve – How CEOs Stay Current

Life Long Learning

One of the many things that make CEOs different from the rest of us is their ability to continue learning new things.

It is their accumulated knowledge and experience that allows CEOs to lead their organisation in the right direction and make key decisions.

Anyone can learn like a CEO and enjoy the benefits of doing so.

Bringing It All Together

CEOs have wide-ranging interests that all feed into their business decision-making.

They know all the key information they need about their company, employees, business performance, industry, and competition.

They know a great deal not only about their business but about other topics as well.

For example, they bring information from other industries into their own.

CEOs are following trends in other industries that will benefit their own business.

Knowing What You Need to Know

Although they have casual knowledge on a variety of topics, CEOs are also good at determining which information is essential.

CEOs don’t have time to know everything down to the smallest detail.

This is useful, for example, when holding meetings with business partners.

They know what questions to ask to yield exactly what they’re looking for.

They don’t need to know everything, but they need to know enough.

CEOs Learn from Peers and Mentors

Everyone learns differently, but research shows that CEOs learn in a slightly different way than the rest of us.

They are more likely to learn from peers or mentors than from traditional educational materials or classrooms.
CEOs also more likely to be avid readers.

They read about business and their industry, but also widely on a variety of unrelated topics.

Failure is a Valuable Teacher for CEOs

One key feature of the CEO’s view on learning is how they see failure.

Along the way to becoming a successful CEO, you make many missteps.

Decisions need to be made quickly and decisively.

Sometimes, you make the wrong decision, and it can be disastrous for your business.

Yet, a CEO sees this failure as a valuable learning opportunity.

They file the experience under Research & Development and move on.

Every failure is valuable experience to inform future decisions and help the CEO move their company in the right direction in the future.

CEOs are Always Open to Learning

If you’ve ever known the CEO of a company, you’ll find that they possess an insatiable curiosity.

They ask many questions, even about things that don’t seem essential to the business discussion.

They’re always seeking something new.

This curiosity isn’t only for business.

CEOs adopt the constant self-development that good leaders need.

It’s no exaggeration to say that one of the key jobs of CEO is to learn.

You can learn like a CEO without running a huge business.

By studying the way these individuals think and learn, you can help your business run more efficiently and grow faster.

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Co-Founder & CEO of Link Management Group. An Investor & Coach to Small Business Owners, for the past 30 years I have helped startup and early-stage businesses to enter new markets and achieve sustainable growth of both revenue and profits. I have experience across a diverse range of sectors including central government, information services, software, health insurance, pet products, couture fashion, entertainment and aviation.  How can I help your organisation accelerate growth and achieve its full potential? 

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