Learning organization without management's support? LO30438

From: AM de Lange (amdelange@postino.up.ac.za)
Date: 07/31/03

Replying to LO30419 --

Dear Organlearners,

Shawna Parker <shawnaparker@hwy246.net> wrote:

>But how does one continue to encourage and develop a group
>of individuals within an organization that lacks a "learning
>organization" environment? I would be interested in learning
>how other people overcome this obstacle.

Greetings dear Shawna,

This is a very important question which i myself gave many hours of
thought in the past.

My answer will definitely not be THE answer. I have found that one has to
organise this "group of individuals within an organization" into cells.
Each cell ought to have between six to ten members. Each cell ought to
have a vision directly related to "learning for the common good". Each
cell will then have to act according to its vision. The toughest job will
be to convince the rest of the organisation, which usually includes all
its managers, that these "LO-cells" will pose no danger to them.

Managers have the wierd notion that they must lead and that when any
subordinate wants to lead, the manager must first grant permission. You
and the group will have to overcome this notion. Thus, whatever the
"LO-cells" do, they will have to do it patiently and without drastic
changes. The rest of the organisation has to become used to them in that
they pose no threats, but only benefits.

I do hope that you will get other responses too so that a more complete
picture will emerge.

With care and best wishes


At de Lange <amdelange@postino.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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