Lifelong Learning: Create a Culture of Learning in Your Team and Draw on Practices Used in Sport

3. Being a manager makes you a role model. If you are a manager, you can establish a management style in your organization that urges and encourages staff to learn. Managers have a pivotal role to play if learning is to be successful. You can support your team as they implement lifelong learning.

A key part of your manager’s toolkit is actively asking questions and listening. This will help your staff to develop an interest in and enthusiasm for learning. 

  • Plan in time for structured meetings with staff to discuss learning goals (What does each staff member want to learn?) and help them to develop a defined learning plan.
  • You should make sure you talk to your team about learning at least once per week. Give an example of best practice by explaining what you’re learning at the moment. Actively ask questions: What have your staff been learning recently?

This helps to establish lifelong learning as a fixed part of the work routine.

These simple and relatively quick tools will help you to make a start. At Munich Business School, we engage intensively with the topic of lifelong learning, both in practice and in our research. Our range of Executive Education courses and seminars offers scientifically substantiated and practice-oriented training for professionals who refuse to stand still. We’ll help to get you and your team fit for the future. 

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About Prof. Dr. Ellen Schmid 6 Articles
Ellen Schmid is Professor for Responsible Leadership at Munich Business School. With a doctoral degree in psychology, she teaches and conducts research on responsible leadership in the digital world, always at the interface between science and practice. After graduating in psychology, she worked as HR Business Partner at the European research center of General Electric before moving to the TUMunich in 2011. There she did research on leadership and taught with a focus on executive education. Most recently, she established and managed the Center for Digital Leadership Development at the TU Munich. In addition to her work in research and teaching, she works as a consultant for various companies.
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About Kathrin Vallund 2 Articles
Kathrin Vallund is Director Strategy Development Executive Education at Munich Business School and advises companies on topics in the area of organizational and leadership development. Furthermore, she teaches in the MBA program Leadership and Personal Development and heads the MBA coaching pool. After graduating with a degree in Business Administration (FH), Kahtrin Vallund worked in various international roles in the field of Human Resources.