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Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
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Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
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Oak Park Public Library Staff In-Service Day
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  • 1. OPPL Staff Day Bringing Learning Back December 6, 2013 Monday, December 9, 13
  • 2. Who Am I? • Dr.Anthony Molaro • Assistant Professor, St. Catherine University • Twitter.com/infoactivist • informationactivist.com Monday, December 9, 13
  • 3. • But before we begin • Once upon a time... Monday, December 9, 13
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  • 11. The Fifth Discipline: The Learning Organization Monday, December 9, 13
  • 12. The 5th Discipline • By Peter Senge • Brought the notion of the learning organization into the mindset of leaders and managers Monday, December 9, 13
  • 13. • Systems thinking • Personal mastery • Mental models • Shared vision • Team learning Monday, December 9, 13
  • 14. • The goal of the book (and this discussion) is to foster a more interconnected way of thinking • An organization that is quick to learn is quick to adapt Monday, December 9, 13
  • 15. • In order to gain a competitive advantage, libraries need adapt to change quickly • We need to learn faster than our competitors Monday, December 9, 13
  • 16. • Interspersed within my talk will be some group activities Monday, December 9, 13
  • 17. Why • Why do we do group activities? • Learning theory • Fitness Monday, December 9, 13
  • 18. You Just Have To Do It Monday, December 9, 13
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  • 20. Why:The Most Important Question Monday, December 9, 13
  • 21. Systems Thinking Monday, December 9, 13
  • 22. Fragmented World • From the earliest age, we are taught to break problems and tasks apart • This allows us to make complex issues more manageable Monday, December 9, 13
  • 23. When we unfragment our world we are often faced with a distorted reality Monday, December 9, 13
  • 24. Systems Thinking Exercise Monday, December 9, 13
  • 25. Wallet • How many people made the perfect wallet for them self? • What does this tell you? Monday, December 9, 13
  • 26. • If I had asked you to design a new library service, most people would design a service to improve work in their department • Circ staff would improve circulation workflow or experience • YA staff would create new programs forYA Monday, December 9, 13
  • 27. Systems Thinking • This is systems thinking • Systems thinking is seeing the system as a whole not parts • It is seeing how an increase inYA programs will impact circ, adult services, security and even parking • It is seeing something in its completeness Monday, December 9, 13
  • 28. Structures & Patterns • System thinking is a way to see structures and patterns • Structures that we are unaware hold us prisoner Monday, December 9, 13
  • 29. Sometimes the best path is counterintuitive Monday, December 9, 13
  • 30. Upside Down • The easy way out often leads us right back into the issue • Often times the cure is worse than the disease • Cause and effect are often separated by large amounts of time Monday, December 9, 13
  • 31. Shift In Mind Monday, December 9, 13
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  • 33. A World of Circles • We live in a world of circles but we think in straight lines • We are linear thinkers • System thinking refers to these circles as loops Monday, December 9, 13
  • 34. 5 Whys • A patient goes to the doctor not feeling well. The doctor diagnoses them with high cholesterol. Gives them medication and tells them to lose weight Monday, December 9, 13
  • 35. Asking'Powerful'Questions:'5'Whys'Worksheet! ! ! !! ! ! Why!is!it!happening?! ! ! Define!the!Problem:! You!don’t!want! to!list!5!different! reasons;!you! want!to!go!deep! on!1!reason.!! Why!is! that?! 5. ! 2. ! 1. ! 4. ! 3. ! Action:( Why!is! that?! Why!is! that?! Why!is! that?! Caution:! = If!your!last!answer!is! something!you!can’t! control,!go!back!up! to!the!previous! answer!on!1!reason! = Cannot!because!of!a! person! Monday, December 9, 13
  • 36. Interdependencies • We live in a world (a system) in which most everything is connected Monday, December 9, 13
  • 37. • When we try to pick out anything by itself we find that it is bound fast by a thousand invisible cords that cannot be broken, to everything in the universe. • John Muir 1869 Monday, December 9, 13
  • 38. • Don’t push growth; remove the factors limiting growth Monday, December 9, 13
  • 39. • Don’t shift the burden • Solutions that address only symptoms of problems is short sighted Monday, December 9, 13
  • 40. Leverage • System thinking is applying leverage to achieve maximum results • Well focused attention Monday, December 9, 13
  • 41. Remember • Unintended consequences • Counter-intuitive • Interdependencies Monday, December 9, 13
  • 42. Personal Mastery Monday, December 9, 13
  • 43. Personal Mastery • Personal mastery doesn’t mean mastering a specific skill • It is more of a mindset of continual learning and improvement • Kaizen (80/20 time) • Most workplace learning is incidental not intentional • Its about growth not being the best Monday, December 9, 13
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  • 45. • It goes beyond spiritual unfolding and opening, although it requires spiritual growth Monday, December 9, 13
  • 46. • Personal mastery is really about removing noise • Emotional noise “I’m not good enough” • The internal dialogue within all of us • Attentive noise or distraction Monday, December 9, 13
  • 47. • Hippie Alert Hippie Alert: Danger Touchy Feely Ahead Monday, December 9, 13
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  • 52. Zen parable man on horse Monday, December 9, 13
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  • 56. Science of Mindfulness • There is a sizable body of research • Effects on the amygdala • Leads to higher emotional intelligence Monday, December 9, 13
  • 57. Mindfulness • Is simply paying attention • In a particular way • On purpose • In the present moment • Without judgement Monday, December 9, 13
  • 58. Reflective Inquiry • Mindfulness and many of the techniques of the learning organization have to do with reflective inquiry • The intentional examination of issues, problems, purpose and life Monday, December 9, 13
  • 59. PersonalVision • Personal vision is not a series of goals and objectives • It is living with purpose • But it is more Monday, December 9, 13
  • 60. • Purpose is a general direction • Vision is a destination Monday, December 9, 13
  • 61. Roadmap Monday, December 9, 13
  • 62. PersonalVision Exercise • Let’s take 15 minutes to begin the process of creating a personal vision Monday, December 9, 13
  • 63. Hidden Question • What happens if your personal vision is contrary to your job? Monday, December 9, 13
  • 64. Try Something New for 30 Days Monday, December 9, 13
  • 65. Mental Models Monday, December 9, 13
  • 66. Thumb Wrestling Monday, December 9, 13
  • 67. • Debrief Monday, December 9, 13
  • 68. Mental Models • Are deeply ingrained beliefs, myths, stories about how the world works • They are often invisible • But directly affect our actions Monday, December 9, 13
  • 69. Organizational Mental Models • Organizations have mental models too • As organizations age and grow the mental models become further entrenched • Organizational structures and individual thinking becomes more rigid Monday, December 9, 13
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  • 71. A Few Examples • Higher circulation is better • Bigger salaries are better • Libraries shouldn’t charge for materials • Library websites are important/vital necessary • We must catalog our materials • A Ph.D. makes me smart Monday, December 9, 13
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  • 73. • Mental models are neither inherently good or bad; right or wrong • They simply are • The goal is to increase awareness of them Monday, December 9, 13
  • 74. Example • One of the simplest exercises to do when problem solving is to list our assumptions about a problem or proposed solution Monday, December 9, 13
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  • 76. SharedVision Monday, December 9, 13
  • 77. • A shared vision is not necessarily an idea but rather a force in one’s heart Monday, December 9, 13
  • 78. • Why did Hogwarts fight with Harry Potter? • There was no fear of reprisal • They fought because they believed Monday, December 9, 13
  • 79. • Shared visions emerge from personal visions • The vision of OPPL is a combination of all of your visions together • But it also means believing in the vision so much that you are willing to sacrifice personal ideas Monday, December 9, 13
  • 80. Experiment • Who do you think will reach the target? • Someone blindfolded • or someone not blindfolded Monday, December 9, 13
  • 81. Experiment • I need two volunteers Monday, December 9, 13
  • 82. • Why did this happen? Monday, December 9, 13
  • 83. Army Crew Teams • I use a Harvard case of Army Crew Teams • The varsity team is individually quantifiably faster, stronger and better • The JV team beats them about 50% of the time Monday, December 9, 13
  • 84. Team Learning Monday, December 9, 13
  • 85. The Wisdom of Teams • If we looked at high performance athletic teams we would see a commitment to the team • It doesn’t mean the players like each other, often they don’t, but they are committed to each other Monday, December 9, 13
  • 86. • Team learning is not synonymous with team building Monday, December 9, 13
  • 87. Community of Practice Theory • We now have research that supports an intuitive idea...we learn together • Why? Monday, December 9, 13
  • 88. Statistical Groups Monday, December 9, 13
  • 89. Blindfold Exercise Monday, December 9, 13
  • 90. Tying It All Together Monday, December 9, 13
  • 91. Story Exercise • If time permits Monday, December 9, 13
  • 92. Gaps • As we approach the end of today’s talk you will notice sizable gaps • There are two reasons for this • First, time is a factor • Second, you learn when you fill in those gaps by constructing your own knowledge Monday, December 9, 13
  • 93. Once upon a time... Monday, December 9, 13
  • 94. Even now, as adults, there’s something in most of us that perks up and starts to listen when we hear those words.We love stories.And stories have always served important functions for us.They bring us together and reinforce our sense of community.They engage, amuse, enthrall, and titillate.And they teach: throughout history, before most people could read and write, stories, told by firesides and in village gatherings, were the mechanism by which we handed down laws and values, religions and taboos, knowledge and wisdom. Fast Company (November 15, 2012) Monday, December 9, 13
  • 95. 95 Blue Buckets h$p://2.bp.blogspot.com/_b6Ldus1eZ_Y/S-­‐0z4BNGS2I/AAAAAAAAAsY/oiSVSCSn9pc/s1600/blue+bucket.jpg Monday, December 9, 13

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