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How to Promote a Learning Culture in Your Organization

Learning Culture How-To

Top-performing organizations are five times more likely to have learning cultures, suggesting that a culture of learning is a key component of business success, according to a report by the ATD. “An organization’s ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage,” according to Jack Welch, former chairman and CEO of General Electric.

Stephen Gill co-owner of Learning to be Great, LLC, a resource for creating and sustaining a learning culture in organizations, characterizes a “learning culture [as] a work environment that supports and encourages the continuous and collective discovery, sharing, and application of knowledge and skills at the individual, team, and whole organization levels in order to achieve the goals of the organization. [It] is a culture of inquiry; an environment in which employees feel safe challenging the status quo and taking risks to enhance the quality of what they do for customers, themselves, shareholders and other stakeholders. [It] is an environment in which learning how to learn is valued and accepted. In a learning culture, the pursuit of learning is woven into the fabric of organizational life.”

What does that look like in action?

To find out, we’ve identified several L&D leaders who have worked to lead a holistic cultural shift in the communities of their organizations. They come from a diverse array of industries and organizational sizes, and have shared their experience and insights in leading cultural change.

Finish reading the ''How to Promote a Learning Culture in Your Organization'' article to learn how to:

  • Determine what a learning culture could look like at your company
  • Place employee impact at the core of your strategy
  • Collaborate with senior leadership to spread buy-in
  • Find and recruit often overlooked influencers in your company to spread cultural change
  • Motivate staff to become accountable for learning
  • Use technology to spread a learning culture more widely in your company 
  • Identify business impacts of learning culture to drive home the value of a learning culture

Featuring practical advice from professionals who led cultural transformations at Johnson & Johnson, Getty Images, BPS World and more, this article is part of the U.S. L&D Report 2018: Benchmark Your Workplace Learning Strategy. 

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What's included?

  • The employee training budgets, highest priority training topics, and most-used training methods of today.

  • Down to earth advice from L&D leaders to help you work with emerging technologies, develop your learning culture, and measure and promote the business impact of workplace learning.

  • What challenges L&D professionals rate as #1 in 2018, how they rate executive engagement at their company, assess the impact of training and more!

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This article is sponsored by The Association for Talent Development.

Last updated: 19 Mar 2018

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