Author: Ms. Piyush Mahajan, Certified Life Coach and Corporate Facilitator
Member: L&D Global, Delhi – NCR Chapter

Long back I went to one of the institutions for a training session, and received this quote written by author and motivational speaker Zig Ziglar as a token of thanks –

“If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you.
If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.”

This stands true for all of us at whatever stage we are – a child or adult. If we want to move further in career and life, there will always be way out. Furthermore, there are rapidly changing technological, political and business environments which require all of us to follow an adage – ‘Never stop learning’.

An organization that promotes learning culture encourages continuous learning thereby helping individuals, leaders and organization as a whole to develop knowledge and competence.

Benefits of learning culture for individuals


Living a regular busy life makes it difficult to think about learning something new. Following are some of the benefits to keep going on your journey of learning something new regularly and come out of your comfort zone –

  • Growing personally and professionally
  • Developing a vast and diverse knowledge base
  • Access to new information
  • Develop self-esteem
  • Build a strong network
  • Confidently participate in interactions and discussions around you

Benefits of learning culture for leaders


For increased achievement at education level, students are given learning by teaching. On the other hand, businesses define learning as a relatively permanent change in individuals through experience, study and active participation in the process. As leaders, there should be less emphasis on teaching processes to professionals and more on facilitating growth, coaching and mentoring team wherever required and thus supporting team members to process their own acquired knowledge, values, and skills.

Leaders can play a pivotal role in team/organization growth and enjoy following benefits of developing a learning culture-

  • Develop, understand and explore the full potential of employees
  • Fostering an innovative and accountable environment
  • Ongoing coaching opportunities to the team for better performance and collaboration
  • Developing talent with a future focus
  • Encourage questioning, creative and critical thinking and problem-solving
  • Better productivity and less supervision
  • High morale of the team
  • Understanding the learning styles of each member of their team
  • Developing a cohesive team

Benefits of learning culture for an organization


With a desire to improve business figures, performance, morale, expand and explore human potential, attract, develop and retain the talent it is crucial for workplaces to create a learning culture and drive innovation as a whole. Here are few benefits for an organization-

  • Enhanced and sustained employee engagement
  • Aid employee retention
  • Appreciate and understand people’s perspectives
  • Understand competition and develop time to market strategies
  • Two-way communication
  • Employee and customer centricity

Though learning helps us to enhance our knowledge and have other positive impacts as discussed but equally important is to understand WHAT to learn. What to learn needs good research to make us relevant, stay current and get ahead. It is not about acquiring knowledge for knowledge’s sake. To succeed as an individual, leader or organization, we must be in a constant state of adapting to unlearning old rules, challenging old paradigms, obsolete processes and relearning new ones, adapting to future technologies, job requirements, industry standards and client requirements.

As writer and futurist, Alvin Toffler once stated, “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.”

Author: Ms. Piyush Mahajan, Certified Life Coach and Corporate Facilitator
Member: L&D Global, Delhi – NCR Chapter