Professionalism and the Teachable Spirit

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Professionalism and the Teachable Spirit

What makes people stand out in the work force? What characteristics help an individual have superior results in their career? How does the teachable spirit define professionalism?

Professionalism is defined by our inner character, the behavior we exhibit, and the image we project. It is about high-quality service to others through our work and a keen respect for others’ rights. Consequently, professionalism becomes part of the fabric of our life, the very nature that we engage with people on a daily basis. While there are many characteristics that can be included in a list of soft skills, here is what the teachable spirit defines as professionalism:

Dr. Warren Bruhl and Dr. Jeff Kahrs observe Dr. Dave Neubauer working with a three week old baby girl, Amboseli National Park, Kenya, January 2015.

Dr. Warren Bruhl and Dr. Jeff Kahrs observe Dr. Dave Neubauer working with a three week old baby girl, Amboseli National Park, Kenya, January 2015.

  1. Strong Work Ethic
  2. Positive Attitude
  3. Good Communication Skills
  4. Time Management Skills
  5. Problem-Solving Skills
  6. Acting as a Team Player
  7. Self-Confidence
  8. Accept and Learn from Criticism
  9. Flexibility/Adaptibility
  10. Working Well Under Pressure

Venturing to Kenya in January 2015 with team members on a mission with Dreamweaver International gave the teachable spirit a new perspective on professionalism. Seeing the strong work ethic of individuals such as Douglas MoneneDr. Warren Bruhl, Dr. Jeff Kahrs, Dr. Dave Neubauer, Dr. Scott SmithKen and Sandy Taylor helped inspire all of us to do the same.

Grant Cardone, an international business and sales expert, a dynamic, highly sought after international speaker and author of four business books, emphasizes the concept of work ethic in the following video.

Working in the bush with the chiropractors in Amboseli National Park, Kenya, January 2015.

Working in the bush with the chiropractors in Amboseli National Park, Kenya, January 2015.

Working in the bush with the chiropractors, or participating in the work Douglas is creating with the children of Ingrid Education Centre, I felt the passion and drive to serve other people. None of us were being remunerated for the work we did, at least in a physical way; but, considering it later, the teachable spirit realized that putting the concepts of professionalism into place comes with its own reward.

Douglas Monene, Grace Moraa, and the children of Ingrid Education Centre, Nairobi, Kenya, January, 2015.

Douglas Monene, Grace Moraa, and the children of Ingrid Education Centre, Nairobi, Kenya, January, 2015.

Specifically, I think of Douglas Monene, who started Ingrid Education Centre in 2005 with Grace Moraa and only 27 pre-school students. Adding a class each year, 2014 produced their first graduating 8th grade class (standard 8) of 19 students who took the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) with a mean score of 282.

The current population of the school at the end of 2014 was 396 with a staff of 12 teachers.

What sets an individual apart, as Grant Cardone pointed out, is a strong work ethic, that repeated over time, produces the professional character of a positive attitude, good communication skills, self-confidence, a good team player, flexibility, and adaptability, which collectively create a demeanor that I had the privilege of witnessing in the people around me while I was in Kenya, causing the teachable spirit to wonder why I felt such a strong connection.

Carrie Neubauer and me helping the chiropractors on our mission with Dreamweaver International, Amboseli National Park, Kenya, January 2015.

Carrie Neubauer and me helping the chiropractors on our mission with Dreamweaver International, Amboseli National Park, Kenya, January 2015.

Realizing that it had a lot to do with the mission we were undertaking, I felt grateful for having the opportunity to serve in Kenya with the chiropractors, the doctors and other members of the team with Dreamweaver International, Douglas Monene, Grace Moraa, the teachers and the staff of Ingrid Education Centre. Surrounded by people on the same mission elevated my experience to a new level, helping bring out a greater sense of professionalism in the teachable spirit.

Contact Dr. Warren Bruhl via email: dr.bruhl@dreamweaver911.org or other members of  the Board through Dreamweaver International to support Kimana School or Leadership and Professional Studies, Kilimanjaro Mission Hospital, or Gear for Goals.

Contact Douglas Monene, founder of Ingrid Education Centre via email: douglasmonene@gmail.com to learn how to sponsor one of the children who attend Ingrid.

 

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