Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Organizations today foster a learning culture to achieve the highest business value. But do we really understand what culture is, and what exactly a learning culture is. How does one know if your company has such a culture? And perhaps most importantly, how can you create one?
Learning Organizations are those which provide learning and training resulting in good performances by its employees. The learning programs made use of, by the organizations, help develop a competitive advantage.
In order to create a true learning culture, learning organizations must give equal focus to learning that helps the company grow, adapt to change, cultivate employee talent, innovate and develop strong customer relationships.
The learning solutions adopted by organizations take many forms. Some programs used are leadership development programs, end-to-end sales training programs, as well as corporate-wide quality and process-improvement programs.
These solutions are mostly integrated with career development models and performance management in order to succeed. These programs take years to build and mature, demanding long-term investments. These initiatives usually have long term results and intangible benefits, such as employee satisfaction and engagement, innovation and customer loyalty.
The hallmark of any learning culture is an equal focus on both performance- and talent-driven learning. Learning cultures recognize the need for performance support and improvement, but also embrace individual and organizational learning as a component of business strategy.
In reality, a learning culture is built through a rejuvenation of business processes which are driven by the top management all the way down to the grassroots of the organization