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I’ve worked in more than a hundred different companies and they all do seem to have a unique “corporate culture.”  Actually it’s more like a corporate personality which is a hard thing to change.  There are rules, norms and values driven from the top but there are also a lot of informal things that connect people. 

 It’s interesting to see how a company like GE has created a change culture that is embedded in just about everything they do.  I was facinated about how DuPont carried over a saftey culture from the early 1800s.  And I liked how Disney approached everything as a stage show. 

I’d be interested in your stories about corporate culture.

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Do you need to be a warm fuzzy manager who is sensitive to his or her employees needs?  Do you need collaborative decision making? 

 Here is a clip from one of my new favorite TV shows, Kitchen Nightmares.  It really is an interesting look into how very small business sometimes works.  The star Gordon Ramsey was once rated as one of the ten worst bosses in the UK.  However, he is one of the most successful chefs in history.  He’s also overcome how to use certain language in the workplace.  You just have it bleeped out.  Bon Appetite

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When I coach individuals as they start new positions as training managers, directors or CLOs, one of the first things I emphasize is the need to create a set of Learning Principles as a way of leading their department and taking control of training throughout the organization. 

In many respects, I think it’s more important to have the set of principles than what any of the principles actually are.  So what do I mean by a Learning Principle?  A Learning Principle is what you believe is true about how people actually learn and how that believe is reflected in the design and delivery of training.

Here are some examples of statements of Learning Principles:

  • People learn by doing
  • Classrooms should be used for discussion and application and not the delivery of content
  • Training needs to be interactive and fun
  • SMEs need to be involved at all stages of training

I think a good list of about ten principles is about right.  Then everyone designing and delivering training needs to fit their work to these principles.  This goes along with templates and standard formats.  What you’ve done is make a lot of decisions that now don’t have to be made each and every time someone wants to do training.

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