A motivating force for working to become a Learning Organization is to create an organization where the following behaviors are actively exhibited by all employees individually and working together in teams.
• Seeks input and feedback
• Initiates dialogue
• Seeks information
• Seeks and offers opinions
• Speaks without fear
• Suggests procedures
• Clarifies or elaborates
• Prevents digression
• Eases tension
• Shares information freely
• Involves others in decisions
• Explores alternatives
• Improves own knowledge
• Encourages others to learn
• Encourages involvement
• Expresses group feelings
• Gets agreement on standards
• Praises and corrects others
• Accepts praise and criticism
• Acts in the best interest of the organization
In some ways, every organization exhibits many of these traits. However, many traits are contrary to most organization cultures. That is the challenge of becoming a Learning Organization.
Transformative Networking – connecting change
leaders to enable self-organized grassroots change.
Next Steps – While still conceptual, transformative
networking offers the possibility of leading change through the networking of
those already interested or involved in similar initiatives, effectively tearing
down existing silos of practice that exist across disciplines and fields of
work. The next step is to develop a proof of concept built on the theoretical
underpinnings above, possibly using Google Wave as the collaboration platform.
Included will be identifying the minimal structure and governance required to
enable self-organization within the network while not constraining what might
emerge. Join this initiative and help create the future of organizing -
networking communities of interest.
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