Encouraging a learning culture

Blog
09.04.20

At S&S we encourage continuous improvement, meaning we make an ongoing effort to develop our offering and processes to not only keep ahead of the market but to make sure we’re giving our clients, associates and employees the best service as possible.

We also filter through this ‘continuous improvement’ mindset to our associates and employees, encouraging them to learn new things to be a more rounded version of themselves not only in the workplace but personally too.

As we’re at home, sometimes wondering what to do, it has created more time for us to focus on learning and improvement of ourselves. In a recent Zoom catch up, it came to light just how much time our people are now putting into learning. Why off the back of this, we created a new ‘learning channel’ on Slack, so everyone can share books they are reading, TEDtalks to watch, podcasts to listen to.

It’s been great seeing some of the content the team has been sharing, so we thought we’d pay this forward and share a few highlights.

 

Books

“Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.” – Mason Cooley.

Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries by Safi Bahcall

Bahcall, a physicist and entrepreneur, shows why teams, companies, or any group with a mission will suddenly change from embracing new ideas to rejecting them, just as flowing water will suddenly change into brittle ice. Mountains of print have been written about culture. Loonshots identifies the small shifts in structure that control this transition, the same way that temperature controls the change from water to ice.

New Leaders Wanted – Now Hiring! by Herrero Leandro

There is a widespread consensus amongst people in business that the future can’t be an extrapolation of the past. What’s more: organisational life today is complex, often unpredictable, volatile, high risk and at the same time full of opportunities never dreamt of before. However, companies are by and large still hooked on the old sets of skills and competencies that worked well for many years. A small percentage of the workforce has the key to success…

The Road Less Stupid: Advice from the Chairman of the Board by Keith J. Cunningham

Smart people do dumb things. Here’s the proof: How much money would you have right now if I gave you the ability to unwind any three financial decisions you have ever made? Years ago, after suffering a humiliatingly large dumb tax, it dawned on author Keith Cunningham that he had a seemingly unlimited ability to hit unforced errors and sabotage his business and financial success. Keith suspects you do, too. It turns out that the key to getting rich (and staying that way) is to avoid doing stupid things.

Podcasts

“Content is everything the light touches.” – Ann Handley

The Vacation Effect Podcast with Denise Gosnell

As a business owner, you are constantly being pulled in a million different directions, which makes it challenging to get everything done while still having plenty of free time. Each week, join Denise Gosnell, a 7-figure entrepreneur, as she interviews other entrepreneurs and industry experts on time and lifestyle hacks that have allowed them to grow their businesses and have an extraordinary quality of life.

How I Built This with Guy Raz

Guy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the world’s best-known companies. How I Built This weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists—and the movements they built.

The Digital Insight Podcast

The Digital Insight is the technology, procurement and supply chain podcast that delivers valuable C-Level perspective into the core issues surrounding business transformation and digital disruption. Each episode brings the most inspiring executive insights from those leading transformation strategies within the world’s biggest and best-known companies. Our Founder and CEO Pat Lynes was recently welcomed as a guest on the show in a two-part special (one and two).

TED Talks

“Most of the successful people I’ve known are the ones who do more listening than talking.” – Bernard M. Baruch

Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink

War is hell, but war is also a brutal teacher. War teaches you about brotherhood, honour, humility, and leadership. In this riveting talk, Jocko Willink explains from personal experience how war teaches you the most when things go wrong. Jocko asserts that when a team takes ownership of its problems, the problems get solved.

How to make stress your friend by Kelly McGonigal

Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.

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Written by Sullivan & Stanley