Want to create a great workplace? Start by nurturing your innate curiosity and continue exploring opportunities for growth and learning. As Shunryu Suzuki put it, in the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few.
For Drew Clancy, our CEO, a great place to work is a learning organization. How do you become a learning organization? Drew has two strategies:
1. Be curious
Go for activities that help you acquire more knowledge: read, talk with experts, attend workshops, watch TED talks. Shortly put, develop a learner mindset. Take the information, bring it inside the organization and put it to work. Apply your recent knowledge to your work context. Make sure to share it with your team mates and encourage them to also contribute, by sharing interesting pieces of information they recently discovered.
2. Pay attention to your mistakes
When something doesn’t go according to the plan and inevitably, at some point something’s not gonna go according to the plan, that is a key moment. Many times, it’s a wonderful opportunity to learn, make a change and get better.
“It’s not that we can’t learn when everything is going great, sometimes we do, but I guarantee you when things go south, when an error or something bad happens, when we pay attention right there and make a change to prevent that from happening again, that is a great opportunity to get better, to learn as an organization,” explains Drew.
Learning from challenging situations means making sure you’ll better handle them the next time they arise. And why not, be curious about innovative ways in which you can solve problems. That might be a fun way of expanding your problem-solving skills.