Will the new learning department make or break the digital enterprise?

I’m pretty sure, I bore you by telling you that these days, it’s all about new education approaches and that life long learning is not an option but essential.
So let me offer you a different view, a bit more macro and connecting some dots.
You all know the established player in the field of online learning and it doesn’t need much to find out that the offering is huge and the quality varies from excellent to a waste of time. Therefore you end up in a very common threat in the age of information. You get plenty of stuff on different platforms and need to spent quite a portion of your free learning time with research and figuring out where to put your time best.
The offer of micro trainings, and other very specialized offers is great but doesn’t make it more easy.
At the same time freelancer are on the rise. There are several studies elaborating on the topic that we will see more independent work in future. If working on your own becomes more attractive than working for an enterprise the challenge to acquire the right talents becomes even more difficult.
From my perspective here lies the opportunity for enterprises with a strong learning culture and an excellent education offer.
Enterprises have a chance to offer an environment, that supports learning in an optimized environment with specialized content and highly efficient methods.
The youth today is used to change, but they are also used to live in an age of information overload. So setting the right focus and filter the noise that distracts you or slows down your progress is key. These generations also understand that learning like in the 70s, or 80s is not efficient in todays environment. As our school system is still waiting for a major rework to enter the 21th century Gen Y and Gen Z understood already that learning can be fun, entertaining and highly flexible (if not at school) by increasing efficiency at the same time.
As there are plenty of offers to learn something new, being flexible in sense of timing and location is common sense.
You see an increase in podcast popularity in the most recent years. Podcast offer a chance to learn something new on your commute without the need to focus on a screen. So you can easily embed it in your live with the need to allocate additional time for it.
The pace of change we see in a digital world put individuals but even more organizations under pressure. To stay relevant in an ever changing market you need to adapt and act fast. As this already challenges organizations to the max, their employees have to deal with it from two different angles. They have to operate based on the given strategy and ensure your organizations growths and at the same time they need to be able to learn new stuff to catch up with future needs and related skills.
So organizations have the task to offer proper education sources but also support their employees in getting clarity on what the proper skill are they need to apply. The education department sees itself confronted with a quite complex situation, they need to offer trainings for different levels of knowledge via different channels and formats. In addition they have to deal with different generations, different expectations regarding training offerings and a completely different mindset on live long learning as such. As the Gen Y is totally used to leverage online offerings that they flexible integrate into their days, Babyboomers still prefer to have onsite trainings in a fixed timeframe. Some understand, that there’s a clear need to learn and prepare for future tasks, while others still struggle with adjusting to new realities.
There are quite a few aspects making this topic fairly complex. New tech offers new possibilities to interact virtually and flexible, besides the different channels to engage in. The new realities digital enterprises face, affect almost all skills and needs their employees have today.
So what do you think, can the education system of an enterprise become a key differentiator and value driver in future?
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Mental Strength

Did you follow the world cup in Brasil?

If so, you saw situations that must have been very challenging for the player particular from a mental point of view, didn’t you? Going for the final penalty, knowing now it’s up to you, it’s about winning or loosing, going on or going home.

Would you agree, that the difference between success or failure is much more about the mental capabilities than the shooting technique to score from 11 meter a goal with 7,32m in width?
In sports it’s getting more and more common to practice not just the physic and techniques but also the mental abilities. Professional coaches are more and more forced to act as a coach with psychological skills. Winning and losing as a team on the upper level of professional sports, is more and more about the mental strength of the individuals and the team as such.

Now think about business, how important is the mental strength of the employees? How often is it trained? What’s the priority of metal training on the education agenda? What type of trainings are offered?

Go for the final penalty in a K.O. game, or comeback successfully after a long injury without mental strength – impossible.

Resist a burnout in a constantly changing and demanding environment under the pressure of success – without mental strength – impossible.

Training employees in mental strength and how to handle critical situations which are very demanding from a mental perspective is crucial for success.

Get a rough idea, what it is about by reading this article about olympic athletes.
Translating these mind hacks in a business environment would mean

  • Visualize the outcome you want (e.g. a happy customer, providing the mind-blowing solution to a described goal)
  • Get time for yourself and calm down (e.g. spend time thinking about your goals, your career, your life, your family)
  • Believe in your capabilities and skills – get rid of your obnoxious roommate living in your head
  • Set clear goals – dream big be ambitious
  • Get into a flow mindset (refer to Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi)


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Let’s play with some thoughts on digital disruption, new leadership styles and startup culture.

This blog provides you a view on these topics and answers the following questions.

  • What do these topics have in common?
  • Are they somehow connected to each other?
  • At its core it’s about motivation, happiness and success, isn’t it?
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