Learn or Die: Using Science to Build a Leading-Edge Learning Organization (Columbia Business School Publishing) by Edward D. Hess

Learn Or Die – Description

To compete with today’s increasing globalization and rapidly evolving technologies, individuals and organizations must take their ability to learn–the foundation for continuous improvement, operational excellence, and innovation–to a much higher level. In Learn or Die: Using Science to Build a Leading-Edge Learning Organization, Edward D. Hess combines recent advances in neuroscience, psychology, behavioral economics, and education with key research on high-performance businesses to create an actionable blueprint for becoming a leading-edge learning organization.

Learn or Die: Using Science to Build a Leading-Edge Learning Organization examines the process of learning from an individual and an organizational standpoint. From an individual perspective, the book discusses the cognitive, emotional, motivational, attitudinal, and behavioral factors that promote better learning. Organizationally, Learn or Die focuses on the kinds of structures, culture, leadership, employee learning behaviors, and human resource policies that are necessary to create an environment that enables critical and innovative thinking, learning conversations, and collaboration. The volume also provides strategies to mitigate the reality that humans can be reflexive, lazy thinkers who seek confirmation of what they believe to be true and affirmation of their self-image. Exemplar learning organizations discussed include the secretive Bridgewater Associates, LP; Intuit, Inc.; United Parcel Service (UPS); W. L. Gore & Associates; and IDEO.

Learn Or Die – Review

As digital technologies race ahead there is a growing need for creativity and innovation. But how can we build organizations that foster the highest levels of creativity and innovation? Learn or Die: Using Science to Build a Leading-Edge Learning Organization is a blueprint for creating such organizations. (Erik Brynjolffson, Co-author, The Second Machine Age)

In Learn or Die: Using Science to Build a Leading-Edge Learning Organization Ed Hess knits an impressive fabric of insights from widely disparate strands of thought, experience, research, and real cases. Hess harnesses new evidence to challenge old nostrums. Practical and provocative, this book ranges across vital issues such as learning, innovation, team-building, and leadership. Read this book and prosper; read it before your competitor gets to it. (Robert Bruner, Dean, Darden School of Business)

This book does a beautiful job bringing together the most important ideas in organizational learning, established by academics and practitioners over the past thirty years or more, into one place. (Amy C. Edmondson, Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management, Harvard Business School)

An excellent book. In Learn or Die: Using Science to Build a Leading-Edge Learning Organization, Edward D. Hess captures a central element to enhancing and sustaining success as a business organization or as one of its leaders–being a high-performance learning organization. This book is a thought-provoking study of the technological advances making this need ever more relevant and provides a comprehensive roadmap of the culture, leadership, employee learning behaviors, HR policies and other organizational processes necessary to build and lead such an organization. (Roger Carlile, Executive Vice President and CFO, FTI Consulting)

Learn or Die: Using Science to Build a Leading-Edge Learning Organization is a thoughtful and easy-to-read synthesis of the leading thinking on organizational and individual learning. Not only does Hess neatly summarizes what a savvy business person needs to know, but he also provides practical suggestions that will allow the reader to take action. This book contains essential lessons on an important topic–I highly recommend it. (Joe Timko, chief strategy officer, ADP)

Learn or Die: Using Science to Build a Leading-Edge Learning Organization is a tremendous look into the requirements of high performance individual and team learning. Ed Hess does a masterful job of conveying that learning happens best in a humanistic work environment, enabled by leaders who in reality are great coaches striving to serve others. Learn or Die will help anyone who wants to improve themselves–it changes the game. (Sam Presti, executive vice president and general manager of Oklahoma City Thunder)

The smart money is on innovation, which depends on personal and group learning. Ed Hess combines a tour d’horizon of what is known about individual learning and about conducive environments for organizational learning with fascinating case studies of companies who use learning to win. Any leader who needs to encourage innovation will find information and reflections that will be both humbling and inspiring. (Michael Balay, head of global strategy, Cargill, Inc.)

Learn Or Die

Learn or Die: Using Science to Build a Leading-Edge Learning Organization (Columbia Business School Publishing) by Edward D. Hess