February 4, 2001
Jack Covert Selects: Jack Covert Selects - Developing Employees Who Love to Learn
In this new book, Honold postulates that all organizations need to have a workforce that is not just willing to learn but one that embraces learning. Her premise is that employees that want to learn can develop new skills, add creativity and welcome changeall essential ingredients for a successful organization. Let me share this an example with you:
Chaparral Steel needed to increase the yield on a specific lathe in order to meet the needs of its customers. A manager asked the machinist who operated the lathe to investigate the purchase of another one in order to meet the need. The operator visited companies that used the lathe in the US as well as in Japan. He selected a used machine rather than a brand new one and saved the company $300,000. Had the manager done the same investigation and come to the same conclusion, it is likely the machine operator would have grumbled about being given secondhand equipment. Instead, the lathe operator not only learned a great deal about the equipments cost and operation but also gained a stake in making the machine function effectively.
It seems that every page in part 1 and 2 contains motivating examples like this that you can adapt to fit the people in your organization. Part 3 offers ninety tools for managers and HR people to help guide them through the process of adding learning to their employees day-to-day routine. Included in this section is everything from informally looking at customer contact to formally looking at Instruments for understanding perceptions and tendencies using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and other personal assessment instruments.
Deep down, we all know that our workforce and our work-life require constant learning in order to engender growth, but we also know that it is difficult to create an environment where learning is second nature. This book will guide you on how to promote learning opportunities, but more importantly, the book is flexible enough to complement any training programs that may already be in place.
About Dylan Schleicher
Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.