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5 Business Lessons from a Kindergartener

By August 7, 2013March 7th, 2023Technology News


Kindergarten is a foundational grade, and the lessons learned are fundamental to youth as they begin their educational journey. More importantly, the lessons taught in Kindergarten are basic social interaction skills for our culture. These basic lessons are timeless and can be applied years after the Kindergarten graduation.

1. Lessons in Getting Along

Business interactions are vastly diverse, and businesses that can adapt well to all social situations will not only survive, but thrive. Keep an open mind and quickly accept others and their opinions. Portray a positive and encouraging attitude to everyone. Say “thank-you” often and for everything.

2. Lessons in Coping with Frustrations

The basics of the English language, necessary for reading writing, are taught using a song: “The ABC’s”. A difficult task can be exasperating, which will then challenge productivity. The trick is to tackle frustration early on, and even prevent it with a positive approach. Be prepared in advance to stick with it and smile through it. When in the thick of a frustrating task or project, keep emotions out and focus only on the specific issue. Choices can ease stress, so outline the different options available to proceed. Most importantly, change your perspective. It’s hard to be too mad when singing a song.

3. Lessons on Having Fun

Recess is often the best part of the day – a chance to move around, do things that you choose, and just have fun. While recess at work could be an option, during lunch, it would be more valuable to draw the same theories into the daily grind. The most exciting part of a mundane day is a change of venue. Consider changing the location of routine meetings, or conduct uncomplicated office redecorating. Ask for and implement team member ideas for changing things around. Encourage social interactions by celebrating birthdays, accomplishments, or Wednesday’s.

4. Lessons on Numbers

The skill of counting to ten is still important in daily life, for work, home or play. Become quite intimate with your business numbers. Know what is necessary to track, track it, and review it often.

5. Lessons on Differentiating

A critical milestone in Kindergarten is to master the skill of identifying shapes, colors, and sizes, to organize them in different groups and then to regroup to new criteria. This skill is elementary to businesses. Know the market, your customers, key employees, and available suppliers. Be able to organize each in various different aspects, and be able to regroup when the situation changes.

The idea of a 5-year-old running a business is a bit far-fetched. Not because of their inexperience in business, but because of their anticipated behavior; tired rants, unfocused attention, quick temperament changes, and stubborn opinions. These same behaviors can be found in some adults. A simple refresher on elementary skills can go a long way, be sure your elementary basics are still in place.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.