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After graduating from UC Berkeley, Victor Rose started working in the retirement world via Carlson, Quinn & Associates. He found his way to Ubiquity Retirement + Savings, formerly The Online 401(k) in 2009 and his world has never been same. He transitioned into his role as Project Manager and enjoys the intricacies of special projects and the joys of working with others towards the ultimate goal of providing our clients with an excellent savings experience. Victor enjoys meditation in all forms, especially watching mindless TV, Off The Grid food trucks, helping others and raconteurs par excellence.

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July 8, 2013 at 11:09 am
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Is your company a learning organization?

Does it strive to review, analyze and incorporate new thinking?

“A learning organization is the term given to a company that facilitates the learning of its members and continuously transforms itself.” – Mike Pelder

In a previous article, I had interviewed Professor Michael Finnegan of Quantum Camp, who agreed that critical thinking is not a common skill these days.

As a company, we want to change that.

One way that The Online 401(k) allows itself to grow and transform is through its book club.

Jim Collins’ “Good to Great”, Jonah Berger’s “Contagious”, Eric Ries’ “The Lean Startup” – these are just a sampling of the books we have chosen to read together.

Carrie Brandes, Director of People and Culture at the Online 401(k), shares that “A learning organization goes beyond just having classes. Learning is built into the culture of our company.”

Our company wanted to encourage and develop critical thinking as well as live up to our values of finding better ways and staying nimble.

Everyone here is invited to participate in the book club and anyone who participates is expected to read a book and examine the ideas its puts forth and bring his or her observations and insights to the table when we meet.

We carefully see what makes sense for our clients, our company, our goals and choose what we take with us into the future and what we leave behind.

This fosters another set of our values, community and participation.

Each person lending her or his voice to the chorus, sustaining the song, this is OUR way.