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Improve Company Culture by Instilling a Learning Mindset

Workplace learning creates not just a better-informed but a better-connected workforce.

Improve Company Culture by Instilling a Learning Mindset

“Learning powers culture” – this is one of the takeaways from LinkedIn’s 2022 Workplace Learning Report.

New skills are crucial, but the concept of learning encompasses much more. Learning is about developing a mindset of being curious, of seeing challenges as opportunities and of cultivating an openness to learn from others.

Creating an inviting learning ecosystem instills values, practices and processes that encourage employees to speak up, stretch their comfort zones and be themselves. Such a culture makes firms more innovative places where people ask questions and listen to each other.

Learning lights up company culture by nurturing collaboration, cooperation and trust.

2022 Workplace Learning Report, LinkedIn

Here are three ways in which organizational learning can be a catalyst for a thriving company culture:

Learning Builds Confidence

Psychological safety forms the basis of a thriving work culture. Innovation can only happen in a work environment where people can express their creativity and desire to break new ground without the fear of sounding “crazy.” The learning space can provide a safe space for people to test the waters. Learning a new skill or venturing out into new areas of knowledge are an excellent way for employees to stretch their comfort zone and develop confidence in their abilities. A psychologically safe learning environment reassures employees that asking questions and trying out new ideas is safe – which will encourage employees to take this newfound confidence outside the learning space and into the workplace.

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The Fearless Organization

Leadership expert Amy C. Edmondson explores censorship in the workplace and reveals its consequences.

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Courageous Cultures

Worthy leaders of courageous cultures ask their people to speak up. Then they listen.

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The 4 Stages of Psychological Safety

Unleash your employees’ untapped potential by offering them the freedom to learn, engage and innovate.

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The Curious Advantage

An actionable guide to building an organizational culture of curiosity and learning.

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Mindset

People can be of two minds: fixed and flexible. In a changing world, flexible is better for relationships and growth.

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Learning Breaks Down Silos

People like to learn from each other. An effective learning ecosystem includes collaborative tools to leverage peer-to-peer learning. It encourages knowledge sharing on a centralized virtual platform or a dedicated channel on Teams or Slack. Team members may share their expertise within the organization with videos, internal podcasts and social media posts. Sharing knowledge creates a better-informed a better-connected workforce. Collaborative learning can help break down silos and promote fluid and meaningful discussion across the organization.

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Unlocking Creativity

Business leaders can overcome six mind-sets that block creativity and innovation in their organization.

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The Expertise Economy

Take a visionary look at what workplace learning can and should do, where it is, and where it’s going.

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The Creativity Leap

Find the intersection of analytics and creativity to increase creative intelligence in your workplace.

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Trust Factor

Paul J. Zak explains how to build a high-performance business based on soft management and hard science.

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The Right Kind of Crazy

A Jet Propulsion Lab engineer describes the role of teamwork and leadership in landing a rover on Mars.

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Learning Promotes Inclusion

A thriving company culture is an inclusive company culture. To feel they fully belong, people must be able bring their full selves to work. This includes all aspects of their personal lives: parenthood, sexual orientation, gender, ethnicity, veteran status and disability. The learning space can act as a training ground for practicing inclusivity. Organizing book club-type group discussions on a topic of interest, for example, can be a great way for co-workers to get to know each other better and gain a greater appreciation for the viewpoints and experiences of people with different backgrounds.

Indeed, people are more likely to open up during an informal group discussion than in a team meeting. getAbstract’s 15-minute summaries can serve as a starting point for structured conversations on a topic of concern without lengthy preparation requirements. Learning together strengthens personal bonds and can increase the quality of relationships among team members – a prerequisite for long-term job satisfaction.

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7 Steps to Creating a Lasting Learning Culture

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Building a Culture of Learning at Work

Companies can’t succeed until employees feel safe enough to try – and fail.

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Minds at Work

A concise, nonprescriptive overview of how to implement a true learning culture.

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“Corporate Learning Is More Important than Ever”

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The best learning organizations create a learning ecosystem that cultivates people’s natural drive to learn and develop. Such an ecosystem must offer content in a variety of formats, as well as tools that facilitate learning on demand.

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