Staying Curious, Together: How to Create a Learning Culture (Inside Out Episode 2)

May 8, 2018 by Amy Leo Comments (2)

Episode 2 of From the Inside Out: Achieving Better Development Outcomes through Collaborating, Learning and Adapting was released today! Stream it below or subscribe to the USAID Learning Lab podcast wherever you listen to podcasts to be notified when new episodes are available.

In the first episode of the series, we talked about the characteristics to look for when building an adaptable, learning-focused team.

In this episode, we’ll discuss the key ingredients in a learning culture. First, we define what we mean by a learning culture. Next, we look at research that examines the relationship between CLA and measures of staff satisfaction and empowerment at USAID. And in our third segment, we talk about a successful staff empowerment initiative at a USAID mission.

Episode 2 Coloring Page

Bonus! We've created a coloring page to go along with the episode. Listen with your team and tweet photos of your colored-in pages to @USAIDlearning.

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The information in this series comes from our effort to build the evidence base for collaborating, learning and adapting. If you’re interested in learning more about this area of work, visit


Etim wrote:

I have learned a lot, espcially knowing that everyone is a leader, how to leverage on the strength of other staff for work improvement, coming togetger of staff to share notes and not necssarily calling on a staff to demonstrate his/her capacity to know everything and have all the answers. 

Truly, people are not difficult to manage, it is because they have different strength which when harnassed will lead to work improvement and achievement of both team & organisational goals.

- John Etim Edet (Nigeria)

posted 4 years ago
amyleo wrote:

Thank you for your comment, John! You're right that each person has different strengths to contribute to a team. Good managers know how to encourage those strengths!

posted 4 years ago