8 Ways to Prevent a Fear-Based Work Culture

No one works their best when they’re afraid. A mountaineer won’t climb well with fear in his heart. An author won’t write a masterpiece if she’s afraid of how her audience might receive it. Employees won’t be superstars for their company if they’re scared of failing. Employees in fear-based cultures are too busy extinguishing fires, …

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Creating a Culture of Innovation at Amazon

Amazon. It’s doubtful that you’d be here (on the internet) and not know of Amazon. You probably have an opinion about what it’s like to work there. You’re also probably a patron, and you’ve probably wondered how, despite all the controversy and negative attention Amazon draws, every appendage of Amazon’s business works, and works incredibly …

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Keeping Learning Teams Motivated: 10 Tips for Continuous Success

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Motivation is a prerequisite to learning. It’s crucial at the beginning of learners’ journeys and remains important throughout the pursuit of mastery of any skill. Motivation is a renewable but impermanent resource. What happens when it starts to fade? When Motivation Fades Learners who encounter progress plateaus or spend long stretches of time pursuing new …

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Learning By Teaching

“No one learns as much about a subject as one who is forced to teach it.” – Peter Drucker In my late 20’s I was a consultant at KPMG. Early in my career, I focused internally on delivering training to our offices in South Africa. For three weeks every month, I was on the road …

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The Unexpected Power of Why: Curiosity At Work

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“I am neither especially clever nor especially gifted. I am only very, very curious.” – Albert Einstein “I am inspired by curiosity. That is what drives me.” – Elon Musk From the theory of relativity to self-driving cars, most of history’s breakthrough discoveries have something in common: they are the result of curiosity. This impulse …

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Event-Based Training is Dead: Build a Learning Ecosystem Instead

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Businesses must embrace continuous learning to stay competitive. For employees to keep up with the tools, tech, and innovations in their field, training can’t just happen once or twice a year at event-based seminars. This outdated method simply can’t match the pace of the evolving learning demands of the modern workforce. Instead, learning needs to …

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Pixar: Great People > Great Ideas

Which are more valuable: good ideas or good people? I’ll let Ed Catmull, former president of Pixar and Disney Animation Studios, share his own opinion before I dissect his thoughts: “The view that good ideas are rarer and more valuable than good people is rooted in a misconception of creativity.” Developing complex products requires teams …

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Transforming Your Learning Culture (Step-by-Step Tutorial)

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This post builds on my cornerstone piece on How Great Companies Become Ultimate Learning Machines. Go read that first to learn how I discovered our approach for reverse-engineering a healthy learning culture. In this post, we’re going to walk through that approach. If you follow the steps below, you will be able to start the learning …

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