Small organization becoming a LO, suggestions? LO28916

From: Malcolm Burson (
Date: 07/27/02

Replying to LO28909 --

On Friday, July 26, Ellery July wrote, in part,

> We (a staff of 35 people) are embarking on a journey to become more of a
> learning organization. Some of us have been part of learning organizations
> (usually bigger companies) and were wondering what are the some suggested
> starting points for smaller organizations?

Ellery, welcome!

As one who has worked to inculcate LO approaches in organizations large
and small with which I've been associated, usually as an internal
consultant, I encourage you to check out some of the classic suggestions
in the "LO Fieldbook," which always reminds me that you can start just
about anywhere! Depending on the issues your organization faces, and the
readiness of people to just dive in (and it sounds like some of you
already have some experience), pick something and go with it.

While my own preference is to build learning capacity by working with the
"Mental Models" and "Team Learning" disciplines, which I find go
hand-in-hand to develop people's ability to explore and discuss the way
they want things to be, I'd offer a hearty, "it all depends..."

Please keep us posted on how things are going, and best wishes.

Malcolm Burson
Director of Special Projects
Maine Department of Environmental Protection


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