Jay Desai

I’d rather get sophisticated questions than simple answers from new hires. People often don’t think that asking questions is indicative of quick learning. They think it’s the opposite.

John Hagel III

Scalable efficiency doesn’t just demand conformity among the individuals within the institution. It also seeks conformity among those it serves – that’s the path to scalable efficiency. Scalable learning on the other hand is driven by the desire to learn more about those who are being served by the institutions and then to provide ever more value to those constituencies by tailoring products and services … [ Read more ]

John Hagel III

In a world of exponential change, existing knowledge depreciates at an accelerating rate. The most powerful learning in this kind of world involves creating new knowledge. This kind of learning does not occur in a training room; it occurs on the job, in the day-to-day work environment.

Kevin Chou

Give new opportunities in tough times to the people who you see regularly in learning mode. They’ll help your whole company adapt to change.

Jack Canfield

One of the things that may get in the way of people being lifelong learners is that they’re not in touch with their passion. If you’re passionate about what it is you do, then you’re going to be looking for everything you can to get better at it.

Erika Andersen

Learning isn’t just about taking in information—it’s about what you do with that information. Do you use it to see the world in new ways, to come to new conclusions, to behave differently? If not, I propose to you that you’re not really learning. […] Real learning is almost always at least somewhat uncomfortable. It’s challenging. It’s figuring out how to operate in new ways, … [ Read more ]

Robert Kegan

There’s a lot of time spent looking at learning and learning organizations, but we don’t give as much attention to all the ways we prevent ourselves from learning. Not only the ways we do that individually but also the ways organizations get built to cover our weaknesses and call each other to account. All of those activities, which are ways of avoiding discomfort and anxiety … [ Read more ]

Adam Osborne

The most valuable thing you can make is a mistake—you can’t learn anything from being perfect.

Albert Madansky

You can only truly comprehend and evaluate a business book after you have read many of them.


Teaching is the highest form of understanding.

Frank A. Clark

We find comfort among those who agree with us, and growth among those who don’t.

Niels Billou, Mary Crossan, Gerard Seijts

As Guy Claxton, author of the book Live and Learn noted, one of the biggest barriers to learning is our resistance to let go of the 4C’s–the desire to be consistent, comfortable, competent and confident. We add a fifth to the list–the desire for control. Protecting and preserving these five C’s is a huge barrier to individual growth and development.

Harriet Rubin

Most people think that they need to know a lot about a subject before they speak about it. The challenge of speaking calls up thoughts that you don’t even know are percolating inside your brain. People are unread books. Speaking forces you to say out loud what you know deep inside.

To think deeply, don’t ask questions. Talk about something that you don’t entirely know—and discover … [ Read more ]

Kenneth Boulding

Nothing fails like success because we don’t learn from it. We learn only from failure.

Eric Ries

Learning is a four-letter word in most companies; learning means you failed to do what you said you were going to do, which, in turn, means you’re a bad manager.

Jason Fried

It’s easy to convince yourself you know something until you have to explain it to someone else. Then the truth comes out.

Roger Martin and Chris Argyris

Really smart people have the hardest time learning. They are so very smart that they are also very “brittle.” When something goes wrong, rather than reflect on what they might have done to contribute to the error, they look entirely outside themselves for the causes and blame outside forces — irrational clients, impossible time pressure, lack of adequate resources, shifts beyond their control. Rather than … [ Read more ]

Vannevar Bush

Those who conscientiously attempt to keep abreast of current thought, even in restricted fields, by close and continuous reading might well shy away from an examination calculated to show how much of the previous month’s efforts could be produced on call. Mendel’s concept of the laws of genetics was lost to the world for a generation because his publication did not reach the few who … [ Read more ]

Peter Brabeck

The biggest problem with a successful company is that you don’t learn from success. Learning from failure is so much easier.

Karl von Clausewitz

Theory should … guide [the future commander] in his process of self-education, but it should not accompany him to the battlefield.