It is critical to understand that a learning organisation is not about promoting learning for the sake of learning. It is about providing learning to enhance work processes and service.
That’s why in learning organisations individuals move from fearing mistakes to viewing problems and errors as information to help decision-making processes and enable success.
The ASTD Management Development Handbook outlines five specific actions you can take to create a positive learning culture within your organisation:
Step 1: Have a clear picture of what you desire. If, for example, you want to learn to build an environment more conducive to people trying new things you need to be able to describe what you are looking for – not just think you will know it when you see it. Getting a clearer picture of what learning means in your situation is critical to you successfully adjusting the culture.
Step 2: Understand the benefits of the change. You need to see the benefits clearly so that you will stay motivated to change, but also because others won’t change without understanding why. Define benefits organisationally and personally.
Step 3: Communicate with other. Once you have a clear picture of what and why, it is time to help others see your new picture. How can you expect them to help you change the culture through their actions and buck the trend of “how things are done“ if they don’t see a better way.
Step 4: Model the new behaviour. Want the culture to be different? It starts with you. Gandhi said: “We must be the changes we want to see in the world.” These five steps form a specific plan that you can use to create the changes you want to see. But this fourth step is critical – you must embody and personify the new cultural norms yourself.
Step 5: Begin to expect it of others. Unfortunately, this won’t be as easy as flipping a light switch. It will take some time for people to get onboard with a change even if they agree it’s a positive step. You start by encouraging them, supporting successful change and recognising progress.
At our High Performance Organisational Culture Conference from the 16-17 October 2013 at the Fairway Hotel and Golf Resort, we will be covering how your organisation can build a SMART CULTURE to thrive and grow in this VUCA world.
This conference will include topics like:
- Diagnosing and measuring organisational culture
- Creating a culture of high performance and accountability
- Developing an organisational learning culture
- Creating and maintaining an innovative organisation culture
- Creating a culture of trust, openness, honesty and reliability
- Making culture change stick – the critical steps to have successful culture change
- And much more.
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You might also be interested in attending our Chief Learning Officers Conference which takes place on the 9-11 October 2014 at the Fairway Hotel and Golf Resort, Randpark Johanneburg. Click here to learn more.