Behaviors exhibited within a Learning Organization


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.

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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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