October webinar focuses on developing a learning culture

Oct 31, 2018

Keeping an open mind and continually striving to improve are key components of a learning culture, which was the topic of Michael Kubit’s October 22 webinar.

Harvard Business Review says research shows only about 10 percent of organizations have created a learning culture. Kubit said he would like Penn State IT to be among those organizations that not only have such a culture, but nurture it for positive gains. He discussed components of a learning culture, including leading by example, asking questions, hiring curious people and functioning as a high-performing team.

One of the easiest way to improve as an organization is to learn from failure. Kubit said failures, when appropriate, should be celebrated and seen as building blocks on the road to success.

He noted that Information Sciences and Technology professor Alison Murphy experienced the benefits of a learning culture when she worked in the corporate world and now helps to instill that thinking in her students. Kubit said Murphy encourages her students to come up with outlandish ideas when tackling projects – the more crazy the ideas, the better – because that type of unorthodox thinking can spur potential solutions that hadn’t been thought of previously.

He said the University is counting on all of IT to work collaboratively in the Reimagining IT initiative, in order to align IT resources to the University’s mission and strategic plan, optimize investments in technologies and services, and create capacity to support innovation. Embracing a learning culture will help Penn State IT overall, as well as individual teams within units, campuses and colleges, continue to work toward that common purpose.

Before taking questions from participants, Kubit did an anonymous pulse poll to gauge the current feeling around Reimagining IT. Of the nearly 300 votes, 51 percent said they feel positive, 41 percent said they feel neutral and 8 percent said they do not feel good about it.

To see questions asked during the webinar, visit the FAQ section on the homepage.