Lessons Learned in a Learning Organization LO26763

From: AM de Lange (amdelange@gold.up.ac.za)
Date: 06/04/01

Replying to LO26724 --

Dear Organlearners,

Ruth "Paradise" < Ruth.Paradise@verizon.net > writes:

>I'm working in a company that has doubled in size
>over the last year. Lots of culture and and change
>management issues going on. Just becoming a
>team-based organization, so lots of anxiety going on
>about that as well.


>We're not close to being a LO, but I'm interested in
>how you've mananged to move your organizations in
>that direction. Any books, articles, personal stories,
>etc would be most appreciated.

Greetings Ruth,

I assumed your surname to be "Paradise". I have looked up in the
telephone directories of Pretoria and Johannesburg and found that this
beautiful surname is very rare.

I think that with these teams you are close to becoming a LO. What is
necessary that one or more of these teams should become a Learning Team
(LT) in the LO-sense (see Fifth Discipline). The next step is for at least
one LT to become an LO-Cell (LOC) so as to speak of it. To do this, the LT
must have the Shared Vision and the will to become a LOC of the future LO.
This will take some time, perhaps even a year.

Once the LT has become a LOC, more and more LTs will follow their example
with increasing acceleration. I suspect that this will take a year or even
two for the majority of the LTs to become LOCs. After that, the
organisation itself will emerge unexpectedly fast into a LO.

With care and best wishes


At de Lange <amdelange@gold.up.ac.za> Snailmail: A M de Lange Gold Fields Computer Centre Faculty of Science - University of Pretoria Pretoria 0001 - Rep of South Africa

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