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What Keeps You on Top of Your Game?

What Keeps You on Top of Your Game?

by Frank Roche on May 21, 2009

in Creativity, Learning

I do the New York Times crossword puzzle every day. I can rip through Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday at will. Thursday takes a little more time. Friday takes my entire train ride. I’m thankful I don’t measure time-to-complete for Saturday. Sunday, ah, Sunday. I’ll do some, then set it down. Do some more later. Pick it up again late in the afternoon and fill in the remaining squares.

Why do I spend the time playing with puzzles? Because I’m in the word business. I write for a living. I find that doing puzzles keeps me sharp on word plays (and the occasional pun). It’s an investment in my job. I also read a lot. My Google Reader, for example, showed these stats today: “From your 144 subscriptions, over the last 30 days you read 2,854 items, starred 31 items, shared 8 items, and emailed 10 items.”

I read two newspapers a day. A book a week. And I still find time to watch Jeopardy!, Deadliest Catch and a few Phillies games. It’s about learning something new every day.

In HR, one of our jobs is to encourage continuous improvement. A big part of that is continuous learning.

Here’s the question of the day: What have we taught our people today that they didn’t know yesterday?

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