Recently, I was reading a profile of Paulett Eberhart, CEO of CDI, an engineering and staffing company in Philadelphia. In it she spoke to a variety of CEO-focused issues but there was one that really stood out to me: “Staying current.”
Being current – in a 24/7 media environment and beyond what we do every day – is a challenge. Many of us are on information overload. But it’s hard to argue that our conversations about what’s happening outside our offices aren’t as important as our conversations about work.
While it’s hard to keep up, here’s my approach. I read The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer and South China Morning Post daily. The most important part of reading these papers (whether in print or online) though, is that I go beyond the business section. On any given day, I might read an article about leadership in arts and culture, a new approach to teaching and learning in inner-city schools or a delicate diplomatic issue.
These articles don’t have a thing to do with tax, accounting or business advisory. But each gives me different insights, which encourage me to be more rounded and even more curious. Maybe it’s a recommendation for how I can better lead or a stronger way for ParenteBeard to mentor new employees. Whatever it is, these articles are invaluable not only as conversation starters but also as tools to better connect with our clients. Even just sharing an interesting article with them demonstrates that we care deeply about our client relationships – and that we are always looking out for their business.
I’d enjoy hearing how you “stay current” in your own lives. Please feel free to share and maybe we can all pick up a trick or two.
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