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Become a Learning Environment

Turn knowledge-gaining into an obsession.

June 24, 1999

The following are five business practices that can turn your workplace into a learning environment:

  1. Create an obsession with training and learning in your organization—make learning and training part of everybody's job and make time available for these activities.
  2. Fill the workplace with learning resources in every medium possible (print, video, audio, CD interactive, intranet, etc.) and give employees unfettered access to those resources; support outside learning opportunities such as degree and certificate programs.
  3. Encourage employees to set concrete learning goals with deadlines, but then meet those goals and deadlines in their own way and at their own pace.
  4. Allow people to take assignments in diverse skill areas and move around the organization in order to build their knowledge.
  5. Create a free market for mentoring: Teach everybody how to be a mentor and how to get a mentor, and then let them choose each other as they wish.

Source: Bruce Tulgan, RainmakerThinking, Inc.