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10 Principles of Organizational Learning DNA

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How do we know if an organization has the “DNA” that predisposes it to organizational learning? Gary Neilson and Jaime Estupinan have been studying and writing about "organizational DNA" for the past 10 years. Managers take responsibility for employee learning.

Uberizing Organizational Learning – Thinking Beyond Courses

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We have to think agile, instant, accessible, contextual, micro-sized, real time… We need to uberize organizational learning. I am taking uberization more as a concept that encapsulates the characteristics listed above and, IMHO, L&D has a lot to learn from this.

Organizational Learning in the Age of Ideas

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That “Steam Engine” mindset, as described by Jonathan Gifford and Mark Powell in their new book, My Steam Engine Is Broken: Taking the organization from the industrial era to the Age of Ideas , creates a command-and-control culture that has become a barrier to success in companies today.

Training Culture vs. Learning Culture

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What’s the difference between a “training culture” and a “ learning culture ”? As the chart shows, in a training culture, responsibility for employee learning resides with instructors and training managers.

Developing a Learning Culture Infographic

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Organizational Learning Tools

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What are the tools of organizational learning? As I’ve stated in a previous blog post , a high performing organization needs a comprehensive approach to learning and a set of tools to facilitate learning. Chart of the learning process in organizations.

6 Barriers to Organizational Learning

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The first article was titled “How ‘Learning Organizations’ Beat Natural Selection” After detailing the importance of a learning culture within a learning organization, I would like to briefly look at several barriers to organizational learning.

Eight Leader Habits of a Learning Culture

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Eight leader habits are essential to a learning culture. These are behaviors ingrained in the routines and rituals of organizations that are continually learning and learning how to learn. This learning cannot be left to chance.

PwC Canada Strives for a Learning Culture

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If you’re looking for examples of companies that are striving to create and sustain a learning culture, PwC ( PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP) of Canada should be on your list. I recently had the pleasure of speaking about the importance of a learning culture to the Edmonton meeting of The Conference Board of Canada’s Council for Learning and Leadership Development. Incorporating structured learning routines into our working practices (e.g.

Imagine a Learning Culture

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Imagine a company in which employees are hired because they are excited about learning and improving themselves. They have a history of taking responsibility for their own learning. Continuous learning is expected from senior leadership and everyone else in the organization.

Why Your Organization Needs a Learning Culture

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A learning culture is a community of workers continuously and collectively seeking performance improvement through new knowledge, new skills, and new applications of knowledge and skills to achieve the goals of the organization. They want to learn!

Why Continued Organizational Learning is Critical to your Performance and Culture

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The first article was “ How ‘Learning Organizations’ Beat Natural Selection” . With organizational learning, teams work together to help each other learn, and to ensure that nobody is left behind in the overall progress and achievement of the target goals.

Hiring for a Learning Culture

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One of the keys to creating and sustaining a learning culture is hiring people who are continuous learners and who help others learn continuously. Edgar Wilson, in a post on e.Mile , writes that a “healthy” learning culture has four features: .

16 Signs of a Learning Culture

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How do you know your organization has a learning culture ? How will people be learning? While a learning culture is an environment that’s always being developed, certain signs indicate that you are making progress. In a learning culture…. Managers are coaching ; they are partnering with direct reports to develop their capacity to achieve organizational goals. What will you see people doing?

Does Your Organization Need a Learning Culture?

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If this post describes your organization, you need to make the transition to a learning culture. Employees need to learn quickly. The learning cognoscenti know there are no shortcuts to effective learning. But is personal choice the learning goal?

Becoming a Social Business – Beyond Culture Change

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The usual culprits are the hapless organizational culture closely followed by hierarchy and leadership lethargy. We have become accustomed to blaming the culture of an organization for the failure of any initiative, and more so when the change calls for redefining and re-imagining how people work and interact. No matter how hard we try to change the culture – and I do believe that leaders and managers are trying – the discourse we use lets us down.

Disruptive Innovation and Organizational Learning

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Disruptive innovation has become a very popular notion about competition and organizational change. For example, they need to learn how to know what’s happening in the marketplace (i.e., Organization Culture Organizational Learning Teamwork Clayton Christensen Drake Bennett Jill Lepor

Top 10 Questions to Evaluate a Learning Culture

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In a discussion started by Camilla Keen on LinkedIn, she asks, “In order to find out and evaluate if a company has an effective learning culture, what would be your top ten questions?” What’s important here is to realize that questions like these are a tool for learning , not blame.

Colleges Need a Learning Culture

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The academy faces extinction unless it learns how to learn. It is a world that is shaking the foundations, values, guiding principles, mores, and customs as well as the very existence of many institutions of higher learning. They need to learn how to plan for an unknown future.

How to Create a Learning Culture in Start-Ups and Small Businesses

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How We Built a Workplace People Love , explains what small companies and departments in large organizations can do to create a learning culture. He addresses fear, reward systems, hiring, on-boarding, learning, making mistakes, and experimenting. They changed their culture.

Situated Learning: Essential for a Learning Culture

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Recently, I had an experience that, for me, exemplifies the meaning of “situated learning”. With my iPad next to the water heater, I learned how to reset the little computer that regulates the pilot light and gas. This is situated learning in an industrial environment.

Learning Culture: A Workplace Environment for Success (Part One)

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Then I describe what must change if your answer is “yes” to any of these questions: you need to develop an organizational culture that supports continuous learning by everyone from the CEO to the hourly employee. That model of learning was effective for most of the past century.

Essentials of Developing an Organizational Learning Culture

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Are employees constantly looking for more opportunities to learn and grow both in your company and in other organizations? Are you not getting the impact on organizational performance that you would like from current training programs?

Key Elements of a Learning Culture

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A “learning culture” is a community of workers continuously and collectively seeking performance improvement through new knowledge, new skills, and new applications of knowledge and skills to achieve the goals of the organization. Ask them for their thoughts about learning methods.

Do You Have a Learning Culture? (Part One)

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The answer to this question is important because of the impact culture has on an organization. I like this quote attributed to Peter Drucker , “culture eats strategy for breakfast”. Culture used to be considered a byproduct of organizational life.

How to Create a Learning Culture in Organizations

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Several excellent blog posts have recently come to my attention that, when combined, provide a how-to for creating a learning culture in organizations. One of these posts appears in Jane Hart’s blog, Learning in the Social Workplace. Helping workers learn continuously on the job.

Steps to Developing a Learning Culture

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Changing an organization’s culture is not easy. It doesn’t happen simply because of the pronouncements of the CEO, or a reorganization of business units, or by conducting an organizational pulse survey, or by hiring new managers.

KnowledgeStar: The App for a Learning Culture

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As a proponent of a learning culture in organizations, I’m always on the lookout for methods and products that contribute to creating and sustaining that kind of culture. We are replacing 100 years of traditional training with a new way to learn.

Democratization of Organizational Learning

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Organizational learning has, for too long, been owned by consultants and chief training and learning officers. This has made learning generally inaccessible to the people with the greatest need. . This is why Jim Stilwell and I have created Learning to be Great tm.

Organization Culture Change

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In the online course that I teach for ASTD on Developing an Organizational Learning Culture , one of the questions I hear most often is, “How can I change the culture in my company when there is little support from management and our unions resist any change that might affect the work rules?”

A Productive Learning Culture

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In a blog post titled, "Building a Productive Learning Culture", Thomas Handcock and Jean Martin say that businesses, because of need and demand, are increasing employee participation in training but failing to increase productivity. Even with all of these additional opportunities for learning, most workers are not acquiring the knowledge and skills they need to be successful. The authors believe that a culture change is required.

2015 - Year of the Learning Culture

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The theme that cuts across most of my blog posts from last year is creating and sustaining a learning culture in organizations. As a way of review, I’ve selected five blog posts about a learning culture from 2015 that have the most interest for readers.

Learning Organization is Culture, Processes, and Leadership

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Organizational learning” and “learning organization” are terms that continue to be misused. It seems like these days any business, nonprofit, or government agency that provides training and education to its employees calls itself a learning organization.

Reprise: Do You Have a Learning Culture? (Part One)

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The answer to this question is important because of the impact culture has on an organization. I like this quote attributed to Peter Drucker , “culture eats strategy for breakfast”. Culture used to be considered a byproduct of organizational life.