One of the biggest reasons that people leave a company is because they have stopped learning. A lot of companies decide they don’t have time to train, but it is the single biggest leverage on getting things done faster and better.
Ben Horowitz, of Andreessen Horowitz, believes that rather than something to be delegated, the top managers should do the training. There is functional training, which enables you to be better at your job. But pioneers go one step further in training, and help their people become better at being human. Holistic training. Although not directly related to the job at hand, that training helps them to be better managers of themselves, and then better managers of others.
Who’s already figured this out?
Warby Parker (American brand of prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses).
Puts positive culture at the forefront. Dedicated a team to culture that is in charge of setting up fun lunches, events, and programmes so that the entire team has something to look forward to.
Lulu Lemon (Canadian athletic apparel retailer).
Encourages individual growth by providing resource libraries filled with professional development books and requiring employees to share short and long-term goals with the team.
“Ironically, the biggest inhibitor to putting a training program in place is the perception that it will take too much time. Keep in mind, that there is no investment that you can make that will do more to improve productivity in your company. Therefore, being too busy to train is the moral equivalent of being too hungry to eat” — Ben Horowitz (Andreessen Horowitz).
This is an excerpt from The Stress Report.
The Do Lectures is holding a one-day event called ‘Do Stress’. It will deliver insights, future strategies, and will examine the zeitgeist for ‘human-based companies’ and how ‘work’ is going to change. And what that means for your business.
There will be 10 talks from entrepreneurs, thought-leaders, change-makers and visionaries. As Dan Pink reminds us all: “Talented people need organisations less than organisations need talented people”.
That is why smart companies are creating human cultures, not corporate ones in order to thrive. How you stay ahead in the future is not the same as what kept you ahead in the past.
It answers the question of who leads the way in look after their people, what are they doing, why is it working? How does culture help your business? How does your purpose? How does the design of your office? Even, how you sit at a computer?
How does a human culture prevent burn out? How does it help you win the talent war? And how, just as importantly, does it help you retain your people too. What perks are the most important?
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