Culture of learning

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Culture of learning

If we slightly change Heraclitus quote in the business as apart of life we can say: „The only constant in business is change.“

Our task is to discover the skills we have available to help us in coping strategies. Here are few things we have to take in consideration:

  • Will our company keep current values during the changes? Do we need to adopt our personal values and beliefs if they have changed in the company and are we ready to do it?
  • How do we react on the big change in general? Do you think about change as Nietzsche: „That which does not kill us makes us stronger.“ , or a huge change shake your faith? What can you do to overcome loss of faith?
  • What strategies in managing change using your company? Do you have your coping strategies to manage unexpected changes at work? Do you stick to an old pattern or trying new coping methods? Someone said: „The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.“ This is not official and medical definition of insanity but there is some true in it. Maybe it is the time to look for outside help – take some training, reading books, talking with friends or look for professional consultant.
  • Do we need new knowledge and skills that can help in the future? Are you willing to learn? Is our company ready to provide training that employees need?

As we see, learning is the key component in the managing change in the business. Companies that want to be competitive on the market should take in consideration this need and think about introducing culture of learning. It is important that our culture of learning is driving our organization forward by increasing performance and success.

There are a lot of definitions on culture of learning, but the one I like the most is definition gave Josh Bersin states: „Learning culture covers the topic of what drives individual and organizational learning outside of traditional training. This includes reward systems, coaching, leadership, reflection, and other systemic topics that drive organizational learning and agility.“

Building culture of learning is not easy for company neither for employees. There will be no positive and vibrant culture of learning if we do not also have a culture that is safe for taking risks and making mistakes. Both sides can invest in learning and development time and money but it will not be successful if:

  • we can not make mistakes without fear
  • we do not admit lack of knowledge or skills and ask for help
  • our superiors are not committed to change
  • relevant and needed learning is not rewarded

Everybody is talking about millennials nowadays because they are becoming the core part of the workforce and they are deemed as hardly managed group. If you know that learning opportunities for them are the #1 factor in selecting a job  than you, as business owner or L&D professional or HR in the company, have to know that culture of learning has to be the present and the future of your company.