Each team member at Y Scouts is a relentless learner. Here’s how each of our team members practices constant learning, both in and out of the workplace—from learning how to play guitar to earning multiple college degrees.
Jason Gabler, Leadership Consultant
I always love learning new things about different fields I’ve never really ventured into. When I was in undergrad, I changed my major four times. Part of me wishes I had honed in on one specific field that I could put all my efforts into. But, at the same time, it was in hindsight rewarding because I got to learn such a variety of things. Now, I feel I could hold a conversation on pretty much any topic. So relentless learning means not to just learn for the sake of achieving something, but to learn purely out of curiosity and gain a broader perspective of the world and the people around you. In a business like this, being able to have a broad level of understanding and having that desire to learn about different fields helps you be more authentic. You show you have an interest in not just working with someone else but understanding it from their perspective and their experiences.
Ken Butler, Leadership Search Director
I’m a really curious person. To the point where I learn things that don’t necessarily add value to the rest of my life, but I just want to learn. If you look at my YouTube history, it’s full of all sorts of things that don’t even seem interrelated. So for me, that’s like eating. I get hungry, and I have to eat. My mind gets hungry, and I have to go learn something. To me, the world is so amazing—why wouldn’t you want to learn? That’s the cool thing about recruiting is that it requires that, because I don’t know everything about marketing a particular company. I have to learn a lot about it, so I always have to come with a beginner’s mind. And that’s what I like about it.
Christie McPherson, Leadership Search Director
My dad’s a preacher and a politician. My dad was the quintessential teacher. He always taught me to just be a little bit better. You don’t have to be the best, just try to be a little bit better and find a way to cause that growth. My dad and I have this book sharing, where he’ll get on Amazon and send me a book, and I’ll do the same for him—ones that we recommend for one another. It’s allowed me to learn in areas where maybe I wouldn’t have self-identified. It’s important to find—it doesn’t necessarily have to be a mentor, but just somebody willing to help you identify your areas of growth. Something Nicole shared with me early on here is something called “Stop, start, continue.” I’ve used it with my child, so it’s quite applicable in work and life. But it’s sharing with someone else, here’s something that I think you should stop doing in this scenario, here’s something I think you should start doing and here’s something that I’ve seen you do that I think you should continue.
Marc Ruter, Leadership Search Director
I’ve always wanted to learn. I was in the mortgage business, and then I started my own company. But I had no idea what I was doing. I had been a salesperson in the mortgage industry but never had my own business, and never sold loans to banks or anything. So I had to learn it just by doing it. I think it’s important to learn by doing. If you think you know something, you probably don’t; there’s always more to learn. That’s a key to life. I think you can age more quickly as a result of giving up on relentless learning, so learning new things is always critical. You’re either growing or shrinking.
Paul Eisenstein, Leadership Search Director
That’s a value I’ve really come to embrace since being here. I came to Y Scouts four years ago, and the more I say “I don’t know,” and the more I’m open to considering the vast opportunities—the farther you go, the more creative you can be, the more interesting conversations you have and the more interesting solutions you can come up with. That one is tough for me. I can get stuck in what I think is right, but what I’ve come to learn is that the tunnel vision isn’t the best option. You’re closing off to new information that might actually open you up.
Max Hansen, Co-Founder & CEO
Relentless learning means always acquiring knowledge to become better as a person and in business. That’s one of the best things about Y Scouts—I feel like it’s making me a better person. When you’re a relentless learner, learning crushes knowing. Everybody hates a know-it-all. So when they see you’re continually open to new ideas, it just drives the right momentum. That’s how we got here—by continuing to learn about purpose in business and why people are unhappy. I want to continue to be better. I believe it’s the most important leadership trait. The best question that we ask in interviews is, “What have you learned about us or our industry since we met?” That will tell you everything about them, in my opinion.
Nicole Spracale, Leadership Search Director
I always want to know more; I love learning. I’m such a geek about learning that I actually have three master’s degrees. Why stop after one? Why stop after two? Let’s go for three. If I could, I’d probably still be in school right now. I love to know new things, I love to read, I love to question, and I kind of feel like when you stop learning, that’s one foot in the grave. You never fully understand anybody else’s shoes; however, if we keep learning, that’s the closest we can get to really appreciating someone else’s opinions—when we take the time to learn and explore.
Adam DiBiase, Research Manager
I love all of our values, but being a relentless learner is the one I personally relate to the most. That’s the driver of my work. As the head of research and sourcing, I would fail at my job quickly if I weren’t always learning. I have to constantly take on roles I’ve never seen before, business functions and industries I’ve never worked in before. And quickly figure out how to not just understand them, but to be able to create value for them. Constantly having to learn new businesses. My whole life, I’ve just loved learning things I didn’t know before, and it helps me make sense of the world.
Brian Mohr, Co-Founder & Managing Partner
I was a late bloomer in that area. I just have now adopted the belief that—in business and otherwise—if you’re not constantly sinking your teeth into learning something that you’re just missing the richness that life has to offer. And a great case in point for me has been this recent desire to learn how to play guitar. It’s not helping me do my job better, but as a result of throwing myself fully into something… I just don’t want to live the rest of my life wanting to play really well and leaving it at “I wish I could.” I can, I just have to do it. So I’m throwing my effort behind it.
Rae Johnson, Accounting & Office Administration
As far as being a relentless learner goes, I am never satisfied—or very rarely. So I’m always looking. Always searching, always asking questions.
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