At some point in your career, it's easy to start viewing yourself as an expert and stop looking for ways to grow your knowledge base. Don't make that mistake, says Avnet's former CEO Roy Vallee in the MDM Interview, Vallee Reflects on Changes in the Industry. "Anybody who thinks that when they transition from formal education into the workforce they're done learning is going to be either disappointed, left behind or all of the above."
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The world is constantly changing, and the pace of change – particularly as it relates to technology – is speeding up. Some of the most successful people in today's workforce are doing jobs that didn’t exist when they were children, Vallee says. Without continual learning, how will you be able to assess what role new technology can play in your business?
What’s more, younger workers likely have something to teach you. Don't be afraid to ask them questions and to learn from them, said Scott Tibbitts, former CEO of Starsys Research, a developer and manufacturer of components for spacecraft, in a recent episode of Executive Briefing. As "digital natives," they are the veterans when it comes to technology.
"The distributor's problem is not new," says Luke Bucklin, former president of Sierra Bravo Corp., in The Next Steps for Distributors. "It has always been keeping up with technology and making sure you are doing business the way your customer wants to." And to do that, you have to be open to learning.