Kofi Darku: 00:00 Welcome back to the Skill Up Build Up podcast, powered by the Morales Group, where we are leading talent to thrive. On this episode, there will be no guest. We will be focusing on an article that provides tremendous insight to the work world.
Adam Scholtes: 00:23 Kofi, thanks for that intro, yep today we are going to be talking about an article out of the Harvard Business Review, uh, article is titled 4 Ways To Create A Learning Culture. Um, Kofi and I going to have each have two takeaways, one or two takeaways from that article to help give some insights into your culture at your organization. Before we get started though, I wanted to highlight the four ways that the actual article said to create the learning culture. One was continuous learning. Two was constructive feedback. Three was lead by example and four was hire curious people, so, uh, without further ado, Kofi you want to go ahead and kick us off?
Kofi Darku: 01:00 Adam, that was a great report out on the four ways to create a learning culture. The main thing that I took as a takeaway, my first takeaway is their emphasis on learnability. Now, learnability is the desire and ability to quickly grow and adapt one skillset to remain employable. The reason why I took this as the main takeaway is 20, 30, 40 years ago, I think this was something that if you leave high school or college, well, what you just learned is going to be sufficient. It's going to work for you on the job, but in today's day and age, we're realizing that you're probably going to have multiple careers in your lifetime, so your ability to learn and be adaptable to that is critical to long term employment. So that's my main takeaway and it's very, very evident throughout this article. Learnability is the really, really important factor in your culture.
Adam Scholtes: 01:46 Yeah, thanks, Kofi. Learnability, that's interesting because the article does say that they did a study and they found that 24, there's only 24 minutes per week that employees have to do any type of formal learning and are you if, if, if you're looking for a learnability, Kofi, to your point, you know does it have to be formal, can it be informal? So one of my takeaways was let's get away from formal. Let's become informal with the way we consume information and a couple of those ways are, you know, just just setting up coffee with peers within your industry, listening to a podcast or a book on your way in to work or your way home from work. Maybe you're listening to a podcast or a book during your morning or evening workout. Um, you know, I think you just have to find time and then you have to be able to apply that knowledge that you're getting from the podcasts or book or from the, your discussions with peers in your industry to your actual job and figure out how it's going to help build, uh, you know, help, help build and strengthen your culture.
Kofi Darku: 02:40 I'm hoping to pick your brain with my second takeaway item because through this article it's also evident, and this is what I find really intriguing, things that lead to innovation, thing that, things that lead to greater efficiency or higher performance, it seems to be pointing to curious people. So if you're supposed to hire people, how do you assess if they're curious? That's one of my main questions. You know, Adam, can you help me with this?
Adam Scholtes: 03:05 Yeah. You know, we are on our sales team is as I'm hiring people, in fact, I think if you were to ask the last three people that I've personally hired, one of my questions is, you know, are you a curious hunter? I'm always looking for curious hunters and I guess for me, what I mean by that is I'm trying to get a sense of are they going, are they going to continue to ask questions to our prospects, to our customers to help uncover other ways that we can serve them and we can serve them either through our org, our organization or do we have to connect them with other partners that we have here in our city to help serve them better and I'm just constantly looking for curious hunters. So I think being upfront in the interview process, really trying to assess that, asking the right questions in the interview to make sure they're asking the right questions out in the field is, um, this is a pretty strong, I guess tactic. Maybe that's not the right word, uh, that, that I try to do personally.
Kofi Darku: 03:58 Well, I'm very grateful that you could share that with us and grateful that there's so much research in this article as well If you're a company that you are intentionally cultivating learning cultures, you're in the minority. There's not that many companies actually doing that right now. In fact, research is showing that those companies that are actually pursuing learning cultures are found to effectively nurture their workforce's desire to learn and at least 30 percent more likely to be market leaders in their industries over time. So if you can start to get that learning culture implemented, you're going to be among the leaders and it may lead to some innovation that's really promising for your company.
Adam Scholtes: 04:46 Again, guys, that was 4 Ways To Create A Learning Culture out of the Harvard Business Review. Hopefully you guys were able to, uh, take, uh, get some good takeaways as Kofi and I did.
Kofi Darku: 04:56 Yeah. And I really want to credit Josh Bersin for some of that research that I just mentioned and I want to thank you all for joining us on another Skill Up Build Up episode. Remember to check us out at #skillupbuildup so that you can continue to check on how your work world is changing.