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Organisational Learning

  1. 1. Organisational Learning How do you create an effective organisation that learns?
  2. 2. What makes a team work? Why it is important to sustainability! Co-operation and collaboration
  3. 3. Learning as a Process
  4. 4. Learning Organisations <ul><li>&quot;A Learning Organisation is one in which people at all levels, individuals and collectively, are continually increasing their capacity to produce results they really care about.“ </li></ul><ul><li>An organisation that learns and encourages learning among its people. It promotes exchange of information between employees hence creating a more knowledgable workforce. This produces a very flexible organisation where people will accept and adapt to new ideas and changes through a shared vision. </li></ul>© Mark K. Smith 2001 reviewing Peter Senge “The Fifth Discipline”
  5. 5. A company that needs to learn… <ul><li>Your employees seem unmotivated or uninterested in their work? </li></ul><ul><li>Does your workforce lack the skill and knowledge to adjust to new jobs? </li></ul><ul><li>You seem to be the only one to come up with all the ideas? </li></ul><ul><li>And does your workforce simply follow orders ? </li></ul><ul><li>your teams argue constantly and lack real productivity ? </li></ul><ul><li>Or lack communication between each other? </li></ul><ul><li>And when the &quot;guru&quot; is off do things get put on hold ? </li></ul><ul><li>Are you always the last to hear about problem s? </li></ul><ul><li>Or worst still the first to hear about customer complaints ? </li></ul><ul><li>And do the same problems occur over and over? </li></ul>
  6. 7. Five Disciplines <ul><li>Systems thinking </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Systems theory’s ability to comprehend and address the whole, and to examine the interrelationship between the parts provides. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Personal mastery </li></ul><ul><ul><li>‘ Organizations learn only through individuals who learn. Individual learning does not guarantee organizational learning. But without it no organizational learning occurs’ </li></ul></ul>© Mark K. Smith 2001 reviewing Peter Senge “The Fifth Discipline”
  7. 8. The other three! <ul><li>Mental models </li></ul><ul><ul><li>These are ‘deeply ingrained assumptions, generalizations, or even pictures and images that influence how we understand the world and how we take action’. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Building shared vision </li></ul><ul><ul><li>‘ The capacity to hold a share picture of the future we seek to create’. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Team learning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Such learning is viewed as ‘the process of aligning and developing the capacities of a team to create the results its members truly desire’. </li></ul></ul>© Mark K. Smith 2001 reviewing Peter Senge “The Fifth Discipline”
  8. 9. <ul><li>Seeing Systems </li></ul><ul><li>Creating Desired Futures </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborating Across Boundaries </li></ul>Core Learning Capabilities for systemic change Source: Peter Senge “The Necessary Revolution”
  9. 10. Reflect <ul><li>What do you personally look like in a sustainable future? </li></ul><ul><li>What structure would your business have in a sustainable future? Hierarchical or lateral? </li></ul><ul><li>What would your employees look in a sustainable future? </li></ul><ul><li>The purpose is to move away from the same thinking that created the problems. </li></ul><ul><li>“ No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” Albert Einstein </li></ul>
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