Thursday, 13 August 2015
How to create a culture of learning.
You might hear a lot of talk about learning and development and a learning culture. You might know in the back of your mind it is seen as a competitive advantage and can be a brand ambassador for attracting great talent. But you are really busy running your business every day and don’t really have the time to sit down and figure out what to do.
Well here’s the thing. It doesn’t have to be just one thing, it doesn’t have to be a big change management initiative or require countless meetings, strategies and plans. It can be a paradigm shift. Most likely your employees are following your lead. Your leadership style dictates the culture. So start there. Allow yourself to listen, to be open to learning new things, new ways of doing things and then communicate your learning experience. Allow your employees the time to do this also. A paradigm shift won’t just happen overnight, it is a slow transformative process. Our mental models or ways of viewing things directly affect our behaviour and this is a very gradual process. It might be taking the time to share a story, sharing a picture amongst staff of a success story, maybe a happy client. It might be inviting a client in to meet with staff so they can understand the direct impact of their work or encourage employees to find a mentor.
In this article the author explains how you can reach an ‘Aha moment’ achieving a paradigm shift, viewing things differently. He describes how by working with a mentor for five years he was able to achieve this moment.
So many small ways you can create a learning culture in your business. Start day and believe in the difference.