I’ve always been a lifelong learner. I think some of it started when I was a recent college grad and realized I wasn’t loving my job options with a B.A in English and Philosophy. I wound up enrolling in grad school after only a few months of cubicle life (that’s how much I hated it!). Once I was a teacher, continued learning was not only required to keep up my teaching license, it was needed to keep up with new curriculum changes and improving technology. I always loved getting to be the student again!
Yes, I’ve been out of the classroom for a number of years now but I still hold my teaching license, so I do take a few classes every five years to renew it. As someone who does social media marketing, I often sign up for classes on various things I need to know like SEO or how to best use new social platforms. Again, I just love learning new things.
As a business owner, there is definitely a lot for me to learn in relation to running a profitable business. You’ll notice that none of my past experience has much to do with what I’m doing now. While some of it is common sense and can be learned as I go, I am always on the lookout for opportunities to increase my knowledge.
When I was offered the opportunity to partner with Concordia University to sample their Master’s in Organizational Leadership and Administration program, I jumped at the chance to try it out.
Are you familiar with Concordia University? If you are from Wisconsin, you probably know someone who has attended Concordia – I know quite a few. Or maybe you are a Lakeshore Chinooks fan. While they are not associated with the University, Kapco Park where they play is located at Concordia.
But the great news is that Concordia offers online learning experiences for those who are not able to get to one of their learning centers.
The mini-course I took is called “Functioning Above Entry Level” and is really well done. It is taught by Dr. Kenneth Harris who is one of the best video presenters I have seen. I never felt like he was reading content or even taping a video. It was so much like he was just explaining things to me that I caught myself actually responding aloud a few times. I loved the way he answered the questions I had almost as soon as they popped into my mind.
This course is 100% free – and you can take it too.
It is made up of three core lessons that include a video, worksheets, and other interactive components. It covers
- Internal forces such as personality, emotions, and biological factors,
- External focus such as society, work place, and education
- Developing emotional intelligence for personal growth and strong relationships
- Developing social intelligence to navigate complex relationships and environments
I had heard the term “emotional intelligence” over and over but never really understood exactly what it was referring to. I’ve had the book on my “to read” list for years, but just never got around to actually buying and reading it. Being able to sit in front of my own computer when it was convenient for me and have someone explain these concepts was so helpful.
Again, the course is free and is delivered to your email. You can plan on completing it in about a week, spending maybe 3 or 4 hours on it. The quality content is directly out of Concordia’s online Master’s in Organizational Leadership and Administration program. Interested in taking the sample course? Just sign up here!