I thought I was done posting for the night... then I stumbled across this article (may require registration) about Pixar University and how the company is using ongoing learning to foster a unique environment in Hollywood. Not only that, but it results in a better product. From the article:
"The skills we develop are skills we need everywhere in the organization," Mr. Nelson said. "Why teach drawing to accountants? Because drawing class doesn't just teach people to draw. It teaches them to be more observant. There's no company on earth that wouldn't benefit from having people become more observant."