The John Maxwell leadership training center shares valuable techniques to help better create a “culture of learning”.  Great organizations are always in an continuous improvement mode. And making employees more knowledgeable, skilled, and experienced are key factors for future success.

So how do you create a culture of learning in your organization? How can you encourage it to be a collaborative environment where learning takes place as an extension of your corporate identity?  While certainly not exhaustive, here are 8 ways you can start creating a culture of learning:

1. Model it. Everything rises and falls on leadership; consequently, leaders must first embody a learning culture if they expect it to happen in the organizations they lead.

2. Keep it fun. Good leaders never forget that people are, well, human. They make sure learning opportunities are engaging, thoughtful, and fun in some way.

3. Recognize learning leaders. Implement opportunities for leaders who embrace a culture of learning to receive recognition. Shine a spotlight on their efforts, remembering that what gets rewarded, gets repeated.

4. Incentivize learning. Offer promotions, perks, or special benefits to those who embrace learning new skills and teaching others. Team members will be more encouraged to share knowledge and information.

5. Give 24/7 access to learning resources. Equip your teams with anytime access by using online platforms to host your learning resources. By making it as easy as possible, you’ll eliminate friction and the opportunity for excuses.

6. Encourage team members to teach. Your teams shouldn’t have to wait for formal training from outside. They can produce their own training content to be used internally. Be sure to promote and reward the team members who produce meaningful and beneficial information.

7. Allow mistakes. A culture of learning will experience mistakes – they’re part of the learning process. This move can demonstrate your company’s commitment to continuous improvement.

8. Allow team members to choose. Empower your employees to learn what they want to learn or create their own projects. Every student is most motivated to learn about something that interests him or her at the time.