In the previous section, we discussed strategies to create a culture of continuous learning that revolves around content, an individual’s capacity, and the culture.
A proven way to learn
An age-old tactic to learn new information is to read a book; see what these famous people have to say about it:
“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” – Harry Truman
“I cannot live without books.” – Thomas Jefferson
“Reading is still the main way that I both learn new things and test my understanding.” – Bill Gates
“I would continuously search for new ideas. I read every book and magazine I could. Heck, 3 bucks for a magazine, 20 bucks for a book. One good idea that led to a customer or solution and it paid for itself many times over.” – Mark Cuban
Warren Buffett, one of the world’s greatest investors, spends over five hours per day reading books. We could recommend that the organization read books, but how would work get accomplished if everyone spent their day reading?
#### Compressed knowledge from the world’s best business books
This is where getAbstract can help you. For nearly *twenty years*, we’ve had hundreds of experts in a variety of fields curate over 15,000 books, compressing knowledge, separating the signal from the noise, and making continuous learning possible for your organization.
Every summary (we call them abstracts) is formatted using getAbstract’s proven template to maximize retention and takes about ten minutes to consume. They include:
– An editorial rating (if a book doesn’t meet our quality bar, it doesn’t even make it into the library)
– Key take-aways
– A full summary
– Significant quotes
– An author biography and other key insights
This content format is respectful of your organization’s time, however, if someone enjoys the summary and wants to keep learning, we encourage them to purchase and read the full book.
#### Personalized, accessible learning experience
The getAbstract library of summaries are available to read on a desktop or mobile device, or you can listen to them on the go (perfect for a subway ride or drive to work). This format makes informal learning a reality; there’s no classroom required for your team to learn something new.
Our learning platform also recommends the most relevant content based on an individual’s preferences, so there’s a steady stream of learning content.
#### Expertise to implement a learning program at scale
Finally, we’ve spent over a decade implementing continous learning programs with some of the world’s most reputable organizations (GE, Daimler, GM and nearly 50% of the Fortune 100). Our team of expert learning consultants is available to help your organization with the following:
Our team of consultants can help you find content that fits your learning initatives. We can help you create lists of resources on a particular topic (i.e. – how to become a better leader, understanding blockchain technology, or navigating disruptive technologies) that is customized to your organization’s learning objectives.
In addition to aligning content to fit your needs, we can help you integrate abstracts into existing technology (like an LMS or intranet), increasing utilization and encouraging continuous learning at scale.
Finally, our learning consultants can help you navigate the people-challenges related to implementing a learning program. Specifically, we can help you plan learning events, create marketing collateral to drive adoption, and work to leverage internal sponsors to drive momentum.