Learning and development: the Netflix way

In sorting out a few bits of filing over the break I came across the Netflix Reference Guide on our Freedom & Responsibility Culture which is worth wading through (all 126 slides of it) to really grasp what drives their culture. 

As it is my first blog/article of the year, I though a nice short selection of my favourite slides from their Reference Guide would be a easy way to start the year, both with a succinct post, and to shake up your thinking about what really drives learning and development within your organisation. 

We develop people by giving them the opportunity to develop themselves, by surrounding them with stunning colleagues and giving them big challenges to work on. 

Mediocre colleagues or unchallenging work is what kills progress of a person's skills. 

Formalized development is rarely effective, and we don't try to do it. eg. Courses, mentor assignment, rotation around a firm, multi-year career paths, etc. 

High performance people are generally self-improving through experience, observation, introspection, reading and discussion - as long as they have stunning colleagues and big challenges. 

An individual's economic security is based upon their skills and reputation.  We try hard to consistently provide opportunity to grow both. 

(from the Netflix Reference Guide on our Freedom & Responsibility Culture) 

What are your plans for learning and development in 2014?

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