How To Turn Your Company Into A Learning Organization

What Is A Learning Organization?

What Are The Benefits Of A Learning Organization?

  • Teaching your employer how to get the job done faster. Whether they read about a new workflow, a better system to do their job, or just new technology, in the long term they’ll do their job more effectively. From the get-go, you can see that you’re recuperating your “productivity loss”.
  • Helping people do a better job. The same tech, new practices, or systems can help your employees achieve better results.
  • Breeding innovation. New systems and ideas can be easily born out of education, which in turn gives you competitive advantages and benefits to outline for potential customers.
  • Happier team members. Learning new things and developing new skills helps your employees feel more accomplished, and as such happier in the workplace.

Practical Improvements

  • Letting your employees study and learn on company time. This can even be a common activity. I know companies that have mandatory reading each week, and then the whole team meets on Friday to discuss what they read. It’s not easy to do this with larger teams, but it’s still an idea to take into account.
  • Talking about learning and education, and encouraging your employees to do it. Leading by example, and doing it yourself, is a great first step to encourage this behaviour.
  • Sponsoring learning opportunities. This can be as simple as purchasing everyone a Udemy subscription, and recommending courses. If you want to take it a step further, you can scout and vet more expensive courses, and then either make them available to your entire team, or designate a specific person to go through the course and share the information with the team later.
  • Letting people on your own team share their knowledge. For example, if there’s only one person that understands SEO in your marketing team, you could have them prepare a crash course to share with everyone about SEO.
  • Default to numbers. A learning organization is not just about your employees growing, it’s also about the organization as a whole. You want to get in the habit of analyzing past performance, and implement changes based on that.

Mindset And Values

Final Thoughts

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I’m Philip J. Keezer, president and founder of management consulting firm Grindstone Capital. Dedicated to hard work, learning, positivity and accountability.

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Philip Keezer

Philip Keezer

I’m Philip J. Keezer, president and founder of management consulting firm Grindstone Capital. Dedicated to hard work, learning, positivity and accountability.

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