To build and maintain a learning organization is to create and offer an atmosphere that encourages peer-to-peer teaching opportunities.
Formal or informal, virtual or stand-up in nature, providing opportunities for learning and development builds connection, can increase engagement, and develop empathy across teams.
Teaching is learning twice.
To understand a concept, is to explain it to someone else — and to not just explain it in your language, but to clearly and concisely teach for understanding and not just data dumping.
Take this article from Psychology Today as it applies to classroom learning:
Students enlisted to tutor others, these researchers have found, work harder to understand the material, recall it more accurately and apply it more effectively. In what scientists have dubbed “the protégé effect,” student teachers score higher on tests than pupils who are learning only for their own sake.
The questions posed by those we teach urge us to think through and explain material in different ways, and encourage deeper, evolved understanding.
How can you create opportunities for peer-to-peer learning? Consider starting small – with your internal communication platforms.
Do more with the people you have. And help those people grow in knowledge and confidence at the same time.