Favorite references on LOs? LO29737

From: Don Dwiggins (d.l.dwiggins@computer.org)
Date: 12/27/02

Replying to LO29673 --

Anne Acosta writes in LO29673:
> The introductory resource I dream of would:

> * Describe vividly and appealingly what a learning
> organization would look, feel and act like, and accomplish
> better than the next runner-up
> * Give some real-life examples of successful LOs
> * Propose some tangible and do-able steps to launch a
> not-yet LO on the path to learning
> * Preferably be short and punchy, since no one in my
> organization has any time for anything other than today´s
> em-urgencies ;-)

It may not be your dream, but you might well find some good material in
the "Fifth Discpline Fieldbook".

For example, I wonder what your relationship is to your boss and
colleagues in this respect. In Chapter 47, on "Shared Vision", a model of
various approaches to creating and communicating the vision are described:
 - Telling: "this is the vision; take it as it is"
 - Selling: "this is the vision I want you to buy into"
 - Testing: "this is my current vision; what do you say to it?"
 - Consulting: "this is my current vision; help me refine and improve on
 - Co-creating: "let's work together to create a vision that works for all
of us"

So, changing the subject from "vision" to the broader topic, what approach
do you envision taking to your boss/colleagues? I think that the
answer(s) to that question will help determine the kinds of resource
you'll need. (Also, thinking about these relationships will help keep you
from trying to "push on a rope".)

Good luck and happy hunting,


Don Dwiggins "The truth will make you free, d.l.dwiggins@computer.org but first it will make you miserable" -- Tom DeMarco

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