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How did you integrate
“Hope” as a focus on
learning into your life this
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What Does Teachability Mean?
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and behavior to keep
learning and growing
• If you want to be
you must be
Attitude and Teachability
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• Teachability means having a “heart” for learning.
• Survey by Leadership IQ:
• Of 20K new hires in a 3 yr. period, 46% failed within
the first 18 months on the job!
• Lack of technical competence was NOT a main
reason.Weakness in this skill are was 1 in 10.
• Almost 90% of their problems were due to a result
• Top reason for failure was lack of teachability!
• 26% of the people who failed weren’t coachable.
• They lacked the ability to accept & implement
feedback from bosses, colleagues, customers &
• Since attitude is a CHOICE, thereforeTeachability is a
• Pretending you know it all can sabotage one’s future
because it is impossible for one person to know it all.
Traits of a Teachable Person!
Teachable people have an attitude conducive
Teachable people possess a beginner’s mind-
Teachable people take long, hard looks in the
Teachable people encourage others to speak
into their lives.
Teachable people learn something new every
Let’s look a little deeper in each?
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Teachable People Have an Attitude
Conducive to learning.
Each day is an opportunity!
Attitudes are expectant!
Openness is critical!
If you reach your age of personal comfort
with the world, you can stop learning and
coast for the rest of your life.
Being teachable depends on capacity and
attitude. Embrace an attitude of
If you don’t have a positive attitude & a
teachable spirit, FIGHT for them.
The Choice isYOURS?
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Teachable People Possess a
Ability & willingness to learn and put into
practice whatever is needed to accomplish your
An open mind is the beginning of self-discovery
In a beginner’s mind there are many possibilities,
but in the expert’s mind there are few.
To maintain a beginners' mind-set, can be difficult.
Keep in mind the following:
Everyone has something to teach me!
Every day I have something to learn.
Every time I learn something, I benefit!
Asking questions does more for development
than answering them.
Are you asking questions today?
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Teachable PeopleTake Long, Hard
Looks in the Mirror!
Novelist JamesThom,“Probably the most
honest,“self-made” man ever was the one we
heard say:“I got to the top the hard way-
fighting my own laziness & ignorance every
step of the way.”
We need to openly and honestly evaluate
ourselves on a continual basis.
When we refuse to look in the mirror, we
look for people to blame.We keep getting the
same result over and over.
William Mayo:“Lord, deliver me from the man
who never makes a mistake, and also from the
man who makes the same mistake twice.”
How can I be more teachable?
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Teachable People Encourage Others
to Speak into Their Lives!
Teachable people need to surround themselves with
people who know them well & will lovingly, yet
honestly, speak into their lives.
You must be willing to develop strong relationships
that can provide the basis for these discussions.
Your friend should have enough courage to speak
into your life.
You must be willing to accept the feedback and
criticism without defending yourself.
“I don’t trust anyone with power that can’t be
checked,” – “Especially ME” – John Maxwell
“Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of
listening when you would have preferred to talk.
How DoYou Listen to Make a Change?
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Daily Practices to Become More
Be proactive, prepare.
Look for learning moments.
Listen for learning
Keep your eyes open.
Think through your day with
anticipation, not with fear.
“When opportunity comes, it’s too
late to prepare?” – johnWooden
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Daily Practices to Become
Time alone is essential to learning.
Contemplation allows us to learn from
In science, mistakes always precede
Questions to contemplate:
What can I learn from what I read today?
What can I learn from what I saw today?
What can I learn from what I heard today?
What can I learn from what I experienced today?
What can I learn from what I did wrong today?
What Can I learn from whom I met today?
What can I learn from what I discussed today?
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Daily Practices to Become
When we learn & apply we have
3 reactions to negatives & mistakes:
Resolve to never make another mistake,
but this is impossible.
Allow mistakes to make them cowards.
Learn from their mistakes & apply the lesson
to their lives, which is profitable.
Make learning a disciplined activity.
Share the discipline of learning.
Share the discipline of being teachable.
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Thanks for joining us in discussing the topic ofTeachability based on John
Maxwell’s book,“SometimesYou Win, SometimesYou Learn”.
We can customize a MasterMind group for your company or group
based on this or a number of other books from John.
We also have a number of coaching frameworks we can bring to your
staff and help them grow!
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