Hot For Teaching

“Those who know, do. Those that understand, teach.” ― Aristotle

Aristotle presents a very different perspective from the all-too-common “Those who can’t do, teach” concept, wouldn’t you say? And since his name still comes up in conversation two thousand years after his go-round, it probably means he knows a thing or two about a thing or two.

The Road Not Taken.

With less than twelve months to go before graduating from Brock University (early 1990s), I had no clue as to what I wanted to do for a living. The only area in which I felt I had any interest and aptitude (other than my original idea of being a rock star!), was teaching.

I already had some experience, having been a guitar teacher for a couple years, and a tennis instructor for six summers. I don’t think I fully appreciated it at the time…but looking back, I rather enjoyed teaching, and was even reasonably good at it.

Teacher’s College was almost certainly where I was headed…at least, I would have been, until a large insurance company recruited at school. Given my lack of direction, I went with the path of least resistance and took a Computer Programmer job at The Mutual Group in Waterloo. While that particular gig didn’t end up doing it for me, it gave me a great grounding in technology, which would serve me well years later when I eventually went into Project Management. Far more importantly, I met many people that I still call friends to this very day!

The Road Taken.

Although I didn’t make the foray into teaching,  I’ve been fortunate enough to include aspects of it within my various roles, through mentoring programs and working closely with junior Project Managers and other team members.

Emerston Group’s upcoming project will be taking it to a whole new level.

My goal is to make it easier for people to create the change they want to see in the world. How, you ask? Well, I’m in the process of creating a user-friendly set of Project Management tools…a set meant for people who aren’t PMs by nature and/or training. So if you’re one of those people who want to change the world, but don’t know where to start…you’ll want to stay tuned!

One last thing before I signoff for this week. I’d like to offer my thanks to everyone who decided to become a teacher. Much too often, it’s a thankless profession, yet it’s one of the most important roles that exist in society. Similar to most of you, I’m sure…there were a handful of teachers that helped changed the course of my life for the better. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without them.

I’ll be posting each Tuesday about my experiences, observations, and thoughts related to the project launch, as well as other related and/or assorted goings-on. I’m hoping that you will join me, and that you find it an interesting, entertaining, and helpful journey!  Please share this blog with others who might find it useful, such as entrepreneurs, small business owners, bloggers, program/project management professionals, speakers, and anyone else you think just might be plain curious! Thanks for your time, and here’s looking forward to the next step! Nigel

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