Becoming a Learning Organization
The best overview of SoL North America's understanding of building a culture of collective learning and action is described in the Fifth Discipline Fieldbook: The Dance of Change: The Challenges to Sustaining Momentum in Learning Organizations.
The Three Key Points
- Interaction of leadership communities necessary to sustain change
- Basic system attributes that reinforce a learning culture
- Limits that most change efforts face
With respect to leadership communities, it is essential that there is involvement of senior leadership, line leaders with a commitment to implement new practices and informal leaders who help provide facilitation and the infrastructure for internal capacity, support and sharing of resources.
The basic system attributes that reinforce change in our experience are not too surprising. A shift in culture will spread if it is seen as worth the time; if it is the right mix of being personally satisfying and practical in terms of delivering better business results, and that connections are fostered so that a network of supporters is accessible and visible to those who are committed to this change.
SoL North America's preferred methods and tools
- Shared Vision and Purpose Alignment
- Productive Conversations to include Advocacy and Inquiry
- Dialogue and Reflective Conversations
- Systems Thinking
- Emergent Learning Maps
- After Action Reviews
- World Café
- Personal Mastery
- Mental Models and Exploration of Assumptions and Beliefs
- Enterprise Point of View in Mergers and Cross Organization Efforts
- Organization Architecture and Alignment
- Methods of Understanding and Appreciating Difference, ie. Human Dynamics
- Emotional Intelligence
Finally, we know quite a bit about how change gets derailed, and engaging the sponsors of the change effort in diagnosing their systems specific attributes can help you avoid the worst of the disasters. As a reminder, the challenges to taking the first steps are: time/money, relevance, human resources (availability of mentors and coaches), and living up to the expectations of the system with respect to walking the talk. Recognizing these challenges, almost all successful systems start slowly.
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