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The world of technology, politics, and the labor market is changing rapidly. To remain successful as an organization, flexibility and agility are a must. In other words, having a growth mindset within your organization is essential. The organization of the future is a learning organization: a workplace where lifelong learning, continuous development, and growth are primary objectives.

Having a learning culture is central to a learning organization. Within a learning culture, people dare to take risks and make mistakes, give each other feedforward and focus on growing together instead of performing individually. Of course, you can’t create such a culture from one day to the next, but you can contribute to it by taking these first steps:

  1. Connect with your colleagues. By getting to know each other, also on a personal level, you will enhance the mutual bond and trust. That way, you’ll stimulate and contribute to a safe environment essential for transparency, growth, and close cooperation.
  2. Give the right example: fail forward. Do not keep your mistakes to yourself, but share them with others to share your learning opportunity. This can be a bit daunting at first, but eventually, you will lower the barrier for sharing mistakes. Also celebrate successes. By consciously celebrating successes, you’ll stimulate a positive growth vibe.
  3. Share knowledge and insights on a daily basis. These do not necessarily have to be work-related; it can be a book recommendation, your favorite recipe, or a dance move. Make it a habit to share interesting and fun things with others. For example, organize learning lunches, give a small workshop prior to the Friday drinks, or become a mentor of a new colleague. It may also help to write down what you have learned on a daily basis.

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