The Learning Imperative

Raising performance in organisations by improving learning

By: Andy Griffith , Mark Burns


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Size: 222 x 182mm

Pages : 240

ISBN: 9781785832697

Format: Paperback

Published: October 2018


In The Learning Imperative Mark Burns and Andy Griffith examine the key ingredients that ensure effective learning, and offer leaders step-by-step guidance on how they can achieve it in their own teams and organisations.

Learning is central to the long-term success of any team – and is far too important to dismiss or to relegate to a ‘nice to do’ list. In The Learning Imperative, bestselling authors Burns and Griffith explore the common barriers to effective learning and present a range of practical tools and strategies to help teams bring about – and reap the benefits of – a more positive culture around training and development.

Together they map out the key stages of the learning journey and provide a comprehensive guide for team leaders and managers who want to improve learning in their teams. They also share essential advice on the design and delivery of effective training programmes, and punctuate their instruction with a range of illuminating case studies drawn from real-life contexts across the public, private and third sectors.

The book has been split into three sections. Part I sets out why creating and maintaining a learning team needs to be a high priority, and provides an easy-to-use framework to help leaders establish their team’s starting points. Part II is designed to assist leaders in fostering an open-to-learning mindset in their teams – offering tools to diagnose any closed-to-learning mindsets and supplying straightforward strategies to facilitate team members’ development in becoming habitually reflective, curious and responsive to feedback. The final part of the book concerns the designing and leading of effective learning, whether it is packaged within a one-off session or a multi-session programme, and will help leaders ensure that the learning their team participates in is engaging, appropriately challenging and, most importantly, will develop their performance.

Whether you are an experienced leader or just starting out in the role, this user-friendly manual will empower you to boost your team’s performance and to make a powerful impact on their learning.

The book comprises:


Part I: Learning and your team

1. The importance of learning

2. The learning–performance matrix

Part II: Overcoming barriers to learning

3. Processing overload

4. Low relational trust

5. Perception gaps

Part III: Designing effective learning

6. Planning backwards

7. Developing shared clarity

8. The you stage

“Two Books that I Would Recommend” by Thomas Stansfield.

Click here to view the feature on The World of Learning’s blog.

Click here to read the review of ‘The Learning Imperative’ on ‘Thought Space’ blog.

Radio Edutalk 18-12-2018: Mark Burns on his new book, ‘The Learning Imperative’.

The Learning Imperative has been named the winner of the HR and Management category of The Business Book Awards 2019 .

The Learning Imperative has been named a finalist in the 2018 INDIES Book of the Year Awards in the business and economics category.

The Business Desk - Authors celebrate success after business book accolade.

Click here to watch Mark Burns’ videos in relation to The Learning Imperative.

The Extraordinary Business Book Club - Episode 167 – The Learning Imperative with Mark Burns


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Andy Griffith

Andy Griffith is the founding director of MALIT Ltd. He has won a national training award for his work in education and has consulted for a number of organisations including the BBC and Comic Relief. Andy's prime focus is to design training and learning opportunities that challenge people to strive for excellence.

Andy's work has been shortlisted in the Best Learning & Development Initiative - Public/Third Sector category of the 2018 CIPD People Management Awards.


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Mark Burns

For over ten years, Mark Burns has developed a proven track record in developing teaching and leadership in education. He has co-authored two bestselling books in this field – Engaging Learnersand Teaching Backwards – and, more recently, has worked with FTSE 100 retailers and third sector organisations too.

Through his work, Mark has developed a deep understanding of learning design and how to overcome the barriers to learning in organisations – which is the focus of his award-winning co-authored book The Learning Imperative. He is passionate about supporting the development of performance through effective learning, hence his company’s name: Plus One Learning.

Mark’s work has been recognised with a Gold award in the People Development Programme of the Year – Public Sector category at the prestigious Learning Performance Institute Learning Awards 2021. He also won the CPD category in the Teach Secondary Awards 2020.

Click here to read Mark Burns' blog.




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