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This brief overview provides an introduction to the value of beocming a learning organization. It describe the characteristics of a learning organization and some first steps and organizational ...

This brief overview provides an introduction to the value of beocming a learning organization. It describe the characteristics of a learning organization and some first steps and organizational changes that can be taken on the road to becoming a learning organization.

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  • A High-level SummaryOnKnowledge Advantage PresentsOnBecoming a LearningOrganizationhttp://www.knowledgeadvantage.biz
  • What is a Learning Organization?A learning organization is an organization that:• continually learns,• supports the learning of its staff,• listens to everyone and openly communicates, and• listens to everyone and openly communicates, and• embraces a philosophy of ongoing improvement.Peter Senge defined a learning organization as:• “…an organization where people continually expand their capacity to createthe results they truly desire, where new and expansive patterns of thinking arenurtured, where collective aspiration is set free, and where people arecontinually learning to see the whole together.”
  • Characteristics of a Learning OrganizationResearch shows learning organizations share these traits:• Support staff through continuous learning opportunities,• Learning is planned, systematic and aligned withorganizational goals,organizational goals,• Belief in the value of learning and each individual’s knowledgeand input,• Open, top down, and across organizational communication,• Encouragement of knowledge transfer.
  • Steps to becoming a Learning OrganizationStep 1: Adopt an organizational shift in how training and learning areapproached.Step 2: This shift, allows learning to become part of a larger framework ofsystems and processes of how the organization promotes, supports,systems and processes of how the organization promotes, supports,and delivers training and development.Step 3: Inform and communicate this approach to staff to send a positivemessage that their work and job performance and success is supportedby the organization.
  • Gaining a Competitive AdvantageResearch shows that learning organizations enjoy a greater competitiveadvantage than their non learning organization counterparts.The Business Dictionary definition of a learning organization confirms thenecessity of supporting the characteristics of a learning organization to respondnecessity of supporting the characteristics of a learning organization to respondto market needs and survive competitively.“an organization that acquires knowledge and innovates fast enough to surviveand thrive in a rapidly changing environment. Learning organizations create aculture that encourages and supports continuous employee learning, criticalthinking, and risk-taking with new ideas.”
  • The Value of a Learning OrganizationCommitting to becoming a learning organization will result in greater success inusing learning as a competitive advantage.Continuous learning supports staff growth and development, increasingContinuous learning supports staff growth and development, increasingresponse time to meeting customer needs and delivering on market changes andtrends.
  • A Shift in Thinking Towards becoming aLearning OrganizationThe concept of a learning organization is broad. Peter Senge identified fiveorganizational practices that take a big picture approach, requiring attitudechanges that include:Focusing on the whole rather than seeing partsPlanning and creating the future versus reacting to the presentFacilitating open communication, and functioning as a team,And lastly, determining a learning strategy and how to share knowledge andbuild on new information.
  • Five Practices of a LearningOrganizationThe five practices are:1. Systems thinking2. Personal mastery3. Mental models4. Shared vision5. Team learning
  • SummaryA Learning Organization is:• Shared values with a belief in excellence and continual organizational growth• A collaborative work environment and management approach• A collaborative work environment and management approach• Built on evolving working groups with a limited hierarchy, if any• Staffed with open individuals, willing to learn and grow• Accepting of mistakes, recognizing them as part of learning• Team focused with an inclusive environment
  • Knowledge Advantage ExperienceRuth Kustoff founded Knowledge Advantage, a learning and developmentconsultancy, in 2005.With over 20 years’ experience in business and learning needs analysis, Ruth’sapproach is strategic, as she learns the business needs of the whole organization toapproach is strategic, as she learns the business needs of the whole organization todetermine how employee knowledge impacts overall goals.Ruth provides learning needs analysis, strategic planning and implementation, programand curriculum design, and knowledge and talent management in support of creatingand maintaining a learning organization.Connect with Ruth on LinkedInBy phone: 860.256.7879 or email: ruth@knowledgeadvantage.biz