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How To Inspire A Learning Culture In Your Startup

Posted by Danielle Moran on Apr 19, 2016 1:31:39 PM

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Globalization and information technology development brought us more competition in the business world. Countless startups have been born over the last few years. If you are a startup founder, and have the ambition to beat global competition and provide better products and services continuously, it is imperative for you to cultivate a learning culture within your startup.

How do you inspire all your employees to be active learners and encourage them to adapt newly acquired knowledge to benefit your startup? Below we have listed 4 key points for entrepreneurs to create a dynamic learning culture.

Clarify the goal and learning process

What is the primary factor raising your motivation? Noticing your knowledge and skill level is a good point to start. Understanding the gap between your standing point and the goal you want to achieve would drive you to improve yourself.

As an entrepreneur, it is better to make your employees’ goals as clear as possible and assist them by providing their learning roadmaps. The learning process should be showed in a detailed way. List the capabilities needed to be acquired and provide the schedules and learning platforms to procure those capabilities.

Make learning part of the plan

For entrepreneurs, generating profit is the primary purpose without doubt. Especially for new startups, the employees are required to work very effectively to develop the financial stability as quickly as possible. Considering the hectic schedule, you might hesitate to make learning part of the required plan, but it is necessary for you to secure that learning happens along with general business activities.

Learning is a long-term process and an investment in future profits. You should not under estimate the importance of this investment if you want continuous improvement. As an entrepreneur, you should have a big picture, not just focus on the immediate profit.

Create platforms for knowledge sharing  

Sharing with to each other enables a more efficient learning experience. What is important is encouraging your employees to share everything they learned with others, building up a co-learning community. For example, if some of the members went to a conference and learned about the latest trend in your industry, they should be expected to share the takeaways with the rest of the organization. Creating an in-house intranet or using an online platform such as Facebook groups and Google drives would work well.

Exposure to different experiences

Routine work kills creativity and motivation. On the other hand, new challenge drives people to learn new knowledge and skill. Role alignment plays a critical position here. People feel the need to learn when they are assigned new roles and job responsibilities, so job rotation should be done on a regular basis. Ensure your employees be exposed to the different areas of the business, which enhances their desire to learn. If your employees learn about adequate knowledge related to their roles, and continually expand their knowledge base, it will ultimately lead to better results for your organization.

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