My Theory of Organizational Learning LO30819

From: Jan Lelie (
Date: 12/01/03

Replying to LO30814 --

>LO Colleagues -
>I agree with Genene's point -- harking back to McGregor's Theory X
>about people wanting to do a good job; the (almost) universal success
>of "creative ideas" processes, and other related evidence.
>Rather than "shallowness," I would propose "busyness," the pressure of
>too much information, too much work, inadequate knowledge / learning
>resources and expectations from those imbued with "training" values
>and practices (SO different than those for "learning").

Both "shallowness" and "busyness" seem symptoms to me. The core of the
problem is a feeling of inadequacy, like a kind of mental hungre. And
- to stay in the metaphore - people prefer junk food because it
dampens the feeling. I read the other day that obesity is becoming an
epidemic in rich countries. The same - in my opinion - is happening
with our food for thought and it expresses itself in "shallowness".
Hmmm, come to think of it, perhaps there is a subconsious link of a
feeling of inadequacy with all the spam that's trying to sell me


Drs J.C. Lelie (Jan, MSc MBA) facilitator mind@work

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