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The Impact of Classical Learning on Business Leadership with Eric Cook & Clay Vaughan

By February 19, 2024March 13th, 2024No Comments
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Why Businesses Want Classically Trained Leaders with Eric Cook & Clay Vaughan

Eric Cook

President | Society for Classical Learning

In this enlightening episode of the Good Business podcast, host Clay Vaughan engages in an insightful conversation with Eric Cook, the driving force behind the Society for Classical Learning. They discuss the significance of classical education in developing future leaders and its unexpected relevance in today’s business world. Eric shares his journey from public school teaching to leading an organization that champions classical Christian education, underscoring the transformative power of wisdom, virtue, and critical thinking skills fostered by this educational approach.

“The deepest desire for knowledge is to know what the world is for and to know what we are for.”


Show Notes

What We Talked About

This episode of “Good Business” features a discussion on the impact of classical education on leadership and personal development. Eric Cook provides insights into the mission of the Society for Classical Learning, aiming to cultivate human flourishing by supporting classical Christian schools. He highlights the exponential growth of interest in classical education and its benefits beyond academic success, including character building, ethical training, and preparing students for unforeseen challenges. The conversation also explores misconceptions about classical education and its accessibility, emphasizing its universal applicability and potential to shape thoughtful, virtuous leaders.

Key Moments

[00:38] Introduction to Eric Cook and the importance of classical education in leadership
[02:41] Eric’s background and the mission of the Society for Classical Learning
[04:01] The mission of SCL: cultivating human flourishing through classical Christian education
[06:16] The growth of classical education and its relevance in contemporary society
[08:29] Classical education’s approach to fostering critical thinking and wisdom
[10:51] The distinction between classical and contemporary education models
[14:41] Outcomes and testimonials from classical education
[17:41] How classical education develops critical thinking from early education
[22:29] The inclusivity and adaptability of classical education for diverse learners
[24:35] Preparing students for modern leadership challenges through classical education
[30:39] Eric’s personal commitment to classical education for his children
[31:24] The value of hiring individuals with a classical education background in business
[37:35] The future of classical education and its impact on society
[44:50] Conclusion and encouragement to explore classical education

Want More?

For those interested in the transformative potential of classical Christian education, whether for personal growth or fostering leadership in the next generation, visit Society for Classical Learning. This episode is a treasure trove of insights for anyone curious about the intersection of education, leadership, and societal impact. For more episodes on improving business and leadership through strategic insights, visit our podcast page.


Good Business Podcast | Clay Vaughan

This episode is a must-listen for anyone interested in the profound effects of classical education on leadership and societal change. Whether you’re a business leader, educator, or parent, the Good Business Podcast offers valuable insights into cultivating wisdom, virtue, and critical thinking for a better future.

Clay Vaughan

Author Clay Vaughan

Clay Vaughan is the host of the weekly podcast, Good Business, a StoryBrand Certified Guide, and CEO of Good Agency, a full-service marketing agency in Austin, Texas. Clay is commonly sought after by businesses looking to break through growth ceilings and achieve the success they hope for.

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