Learning Culture

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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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 This outdated method simply can’t match the pace of the evolving learning demands of the modern workforce.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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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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Everybody Likes Surprises

Do you like surprises? An Amazon package delivered before the expected arrival date, a bunch of flowers from a secret admirer, or seeing that the new season of your favorite series has finally been released on Netflix.  I love surprises, which is why it is no surprise that I decided to write an essay on …

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Facilitators of the Future

Facilitators of the Future

Take a second, close your eyes and think back to your time at school. Who was your favorite teacher? You probably already know the answer to that question because, perhaps like myself, the impression they made on you is still quietly simmering in the cockles of your heart. Now think about why this person is …

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