Training Culture Vs Learning Culture

Dr Rae Baum shared this list on LinkedIn from “Training Culture vs. Learning Culture” by Stephen J. Gill and I thought it was a great start and added to it. How else are the differences defined?

Training Culture


  • instructor focused
  • event based
  • centralized
  • siloed
  • top – down perspective
  • all about delivery (inputs)
  • centered on improving business outcomes
  • transactional
  • cost managed
  • classroom
  • manuals and theories
  • timely performance reviews
  • managed rules and policies

Learning Culture


  • learner centered
  • ongoing
  • decentalized
  • shared
  • front-line perspective
  • all about results (impact)
  • centered on improving individual outcomes
  • inspirational
  • ROI engineered
  • business environment
  • real-life experiences
  • daily one-on-ones
  • coaching & mentoring
Jeffrey Summers
For four decades, my coaching, consulting, public speaking, workshops, management team retreats and articles have helped hundreds of hospitality leaders worldwide, build successful Hospitality businesses. The Summers Hospitality Group is a global full-service hospitality consulting firm best known for its unique results-driven, strengths-based system for developing extraordinary leaders and demonstrating the performance impact they have on their organizations.

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