The Great Aim of Education

It’s not that I dislike theory. It has its place.

But one of the most consistent pieces of feedback we get on our project management workshops and leadership development sessions is that they are practical. People can walk out and put the learning to use.

I’m once again going through Dale Carnegie’s classic book How to Win Friends and Influence People. I was reminded of the importance of practical learning in the quote Carnegie shares from English philosopher Herbert Spencer: “The great aim of education is not knowledge but action.”

As you seek to teach, lead, and inspire this week, remember that it’s not just knowlege you’re trying to get across to your teams. We must learn how to spur them to action.

P.S. Have you not read this book yet? Get it on your list for this year!

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