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Practice Makes Perfect in Business

May 22, 2013

The old adage says that practice makes perfect. Artists seem to know this inherently and practice their crafts during every free moment. The same goes for athletes. Imagine the countless hours that go into a competition that may last only moments. Why don’t business professionals follow the same method? Many companies spend quite a bit of time training a new employee, but then rather than insisting on daily practice, they provide nothing more than an annual training program.

In the You’re the Boss blog in The New York Times, this topic is tackled in a post called “If Practice Makes Perfect, Why Don’t Companies Practice More?” The author references Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers, which says that a person needs 10,000 hours of practice to become proficient in a given field, then wonders why so many business owners either go out themselves or put employees in front of clients without sufficient, ongoing training.

At the NEBB Institute, we couldn’t agree more. Initial training is extremely important to teach people entering a new field all of the ins and outs of a business. That’s why we certify machinery and equipment appraisers through our training program. But to keep skills sharp and remain on the cutting edge of the industry, ongoing training is essential. CMEAs can get this training in many different ways. They can network with other industry professionals to learn what works for them, educate themselves by reading trade publications and staying up to date in evolving industry guidelines, and take continuing education classes offered through the NEBB Institute.

If you an appraisal professional who already has a CMEA certification, but recognizes the importance of ongoing practice, contact us today to discuss our class options. We look forward to speaking with you!

The NEBB Institute endorses and strives to observe the highest standards of professional ethics to preserve the public trust inherent in the professional appraisal practice. The Institute provides initial and monthly comprehensive education, ongoing support, and a dynamic international network, and certifies professionals in the art of machinery/equipment appraisal and brokerage.

By: NEBB Institute


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