Everyone is responsible for their own learning. But companies have a vested interest in creating a learning culture. The benefits are clear. But there’s never enough time. Learning falls to the bottom of the list on our daily priorities.
Learning requires knowledge coming from somewhere else – whether that’s books or mentors. It also requires dedicated time to think and ponder. It requires senior management to mentor junior management and junior management to mentor their teams. This is a big commitment.
Parents raise their children the way they were raised – for good or bad. It’s cyclical. Organizations are no different. You need to look carefully at the learning opportunities you provide to your young employees (aka future leaders and mentors). The coming demographic shift and succession planning demand this. There are big shoes to fill. And I’m not sure we’re all ready. So make it a priority today. Start at the top and a learning culture will grow.