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Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Influencing culture through learning | TrainingZone

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In the second-to-last article in our series looking at how learning professionals can deliver on five key business outcomes, Laura Overton, CEO and founder of Towards Maturity, provides insights into how the most successful organisations are influencing culture through learning.

Creating an organisational learning culture represents L&D nirvana. Organisations that learn are resilient in the face of change and are more adaptable and ultimately more competitive. Our latest benchmark data shows us that L&D sees creating a learning culture in this way.
Nine out of ten of us are looking to support the way that an organisation learns for itself. We also want to achieve a whole range of culture-related outcomes:
  • 98% want to increase the ongoing sharing of good practice
  • 97% want to increase the ability to personalise programmes to individual need/context
  • 94% want to improve talent strategies to keep the best people
  • 93% want to integrate learning into the workflow
  • 90% want to drive business innovation
  • 87% want to increase the ability to attract talent
  • 77% want to build capability of organisations to solve problems
These are high aspirations and building the right culture is challenging. Rather than imposing a top-down approach to learning and performance, our data shows that a more effective approach is to build from the bottom up, giving responsibility for learning to your learners. This marks a dramatic shift for many organisations’ L&D strategy...

If you are looking to achieve these kinds of results then here are five tips to get started. And remember, small steps can lead to significant results. 

5 tips for unlocking a true learning culture
  1. Ask how you are empowering your learners to take control of their own learning
  2. Make sure that information on learning opportunities and learning resources is readily available, clear and easy to find
  3. Don't be afraid to experiment with new technologies - this will help build team confidence and encourage greater collaboration
  4. Read and network widely - to feed your hunger for new ideas and to discover what is working well elsewhere
  5. And celebrate success!

Source: TrainingZone