An organization's learning culture is similar to a garden in that its design and characteristics reflect the owner’s values. Whether it focuses on empowering your workforce or driving your business forward, the ‘learning garden’ grows it all. A high-impact learning culture – a thriving and beautiful garden – sounds enticing, doesn’t it?
Learning culture is a set of values, processes, and practices that embed learning into the entire organization. It encourages the continuous learning of new skills, knowledge, and competencies. In a learning-centered culture, everyone seeks, shares, and applies what they learn to improve performance and remain competitive.
While learning is often self-motivated, it won’t happen spontaneously without the right culture. If left unattended, your ‘learning garden’ can end up in a situation far from your expectations. How do you know if your ‘learning garden’ is flourishing? Since it mirrors the diversity of the company’s values, the characteristics that define it also vary. Here are some essential traits that strong learning cultures share:
Besides being the hallmark of success for an organization, having a high-impact learning culture provides many other benefits.
Learning culture is not a one-size-fits-all approach. Each organization has its preferred ways to grow its ‘learning garden’. Just as there are different styles in which these gardens can grow, there is variation in the processes and practices that organizations take towards learning. When you understand your own ‘learning garden’ and what it needs, you can grow it in the way that benefits your organization the most.
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