Andy Storch

Building a Culture of Curiosity with Simon Brown from Novartis

Building a Culture of Curiosity with Simon Brown from Novartis

On this episode of The Talent Development Hot Seat, Andy welcomes Simon Brown, Chief Learning Officer at Novartis to the show. Novartis is a Swiss, multi-national pharmaceutical company with over 40,000 employees. Simon Brown is also the co-author of the new book The Curious Advantage. He is a commercially-minded learning leader with experience across a range of the world’s leading organizations, having co-founded Brightwave, one of the UK’s leading eLearning companies. Simon Brown is co-host of the popular podcast The Curious Advantage with his co-authors, and he is a regular keynote speaker at events around the world.  In this interview, you’ll hear: How Andy met Simon Brown and the lessons he’s learned that helped with the transition to virtual during the pandemic. The meandering path he took to become a Chief Learning Officer at Novartis today and how it all ties back to learning. Simon Brown’s philosophy on learning and development for a large company and why L&D is so important for remaining competitive. The Novartis approach to learning and development, why they teach their leaders to become “unbossed,” and how their approach has changed over the past year. What the biggest impact was on virtual learning during the pandemic and how it affected both Simon Brown and other employees. The tricks he used to create an impactful and effective virtual learning experience. Why he wrote the book The Curious Advantage and what inspired him to write it. How he defines leadership and why it isn’t about having all the answers but rather than enabling employees to find the answers. The 7 C’s of curiosity and how you can apply them in your organization. Some ways you can begin to create a culture of curiosity in your company. The impact the culture of an organization has on innovation and curiosity. Advantages companies experience when they build a culture of curiosity. What Simon Brown wants people to know about curiosity and creating a culture of curiosity in your organization. Connect with Andy Storch here: ( ( ( Connect with Simon Brown: ( c (

Duration: 37 min

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