Creating a Learning Culture

Leaders say that we are living in VUCA times. VUCA stands for volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. Certainly, law firm leaders were managing in VUCA times even before the pandemic changed our lives. In this module, we recognize that everyone – ourselves included – are in a constant state of learning new things. As leaders, we need to create an environment that is supportive of learning, risk taking and adapting to new situations. Fast and effective learning can be a strategic advantage. However, in law firms, sometimes risk taking and learning are met with overly punitive reactions to mistakes and failures.

As you watch the video, consider how you can create more of a learning culture in your team and firm.

Creating a Learning Culture

Additional Resources


What having a Growth Mindset Actually Means, HBR, by Carol Dweck

Four Ways to Create a Learning Culture on Your Team, by Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic and Josh Bersin

The Problem with Learning is Unlearning, by Mark Bonchek (HBR)


The Power of a Growth Mindset, Carol Dweck

Fixed vs. Growth: Two Mindsets That Shape Our Lives, Maria Popova

Building a Learning Organization, by David Garvin (HBR)


Mindset – Changing the Way You Think to Fulfill Your Potential, by Carol Dweck

The Fifth Discipline, by Peter Senge
Considered the “Father of the Learning Organization”, Senge chronicles what leaders need to do to create adaptive learning organizations.