The Culture of Learning
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The Culture of Learning

About the Book

A paperback edition is available from Amazon.

A common theme across employers is how to build a culture of learning. It's a phrase used so commonly that Google produces over a billion results when you search for it, turning up everything from scholarly treatises to "6 Ways to Build" clickbait-style blog articles on the subject. There are, in fact, many excellent pieces on the topic, which begs the question: why another? Why this book?

I've read dozens, if not hundreds, of those pieces, and found many of them to be practical, actionable, and in most cases fairly concise. But I think too many of them focus exclusively on why you'd want a culture of learning, or precisely how they recommend you build one. Few attempt to concisely tackle the underlying question, though: what, exactly, is a culture of learning?

I feel that understanding the answer to that question actually unlocks the how and why for you. Understanding that answer is what really "changes your brain," in a way that makes all the other answers obvious. Understanding that big, underlying answer also helps you really grasp the full scope of what a culture of learning is, and can be, to an organization. It highlights the real breadth and depth of the topic, and shows you how it can–and should–pervade everything your organization does.

That's what this book is about.

About the Author

Don Jones
Don Jones

Don Jones has been in the IT industry since the mid 1990s, and has been a recipient of Microsoft's "Most Valuable Professional" Award since 2003. He's a co-founder of and The DevOps Collective, and a Curriculum Director for online video training company Pluralsight. Don authored some of the first books ever published for Windows PowerShell, and is the co-author of Learn Windows PowerShell in a Month of Lunches, the bestselling entry-level book for PowerShell. Don's a sought-after speaker at technology conferences like Microsoft Ignite, TechMentor, and many more. In 2014, Don started writing fiction in the sci-fi and fantasy genres, and had produced several notable novels, including The Never: A Tale of Peter and the Fae, The Achillios Chronicles trilogy (Alabaster, Onyx, and Verdant), and Daniel Scratch: A Story of Witchkind. You can find him on Twitter @concentratedDon, or on his website, 

Table of Contents

    • Introduction
    • What Is Culture?
      • Our Cultural Driver
      • Our Cultural Goal
  • Part 1: The Elements of Culture
    • Language
      • Key Takeaways
    • Social Organization
      • Key Takeaways
    • Customs and Traditions
      • Key Takeaways
    • Arts and Literature
      • Key Takeaways
    • Forms of Government
      • Key Takeaways
    • Economic Systems
      • Key Takeaways
    • Belief Systems
      • Key Takeaways
  • Part 2: Disrupting Learning
    • Co-Learning
    • Apprenticeships
    • Skills and Aptitudes
    • Role-Based Learning
    • The New Learning Management Systems
  • Conclusion

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