Are "Teams" a meaningful unit of learning? LO13424

Edwin Brenegar III (
Fri, 02 May 1997 08:00:49 -0400 (EDT)

Replying to LO13389 --

1) I'd like to see the Lucent piece. Thanks you.

2) There may not be any difference between the LO team and the non-LO
team as structured in their ability to learn. While at one level
structure predicts behavior, it could well be that in a particular
instance, the non-LO team learns because their members are natural
learners. My point is that most of these comparisions ultimately break
down because they are complex relationships not determined by any one

I led a workshop this week on self-directed workteams. The audience was
diverse, HRD people from a health education center, other non-profits, a
University program director,an owner of a temp agency, a retired owner of
Asian textile companies, and HRD people from a large, food distribution
company. A tough crowd to meet all their expectations. What was
interesting was that at the core of their needs were issues of
relationship. Whether in how to utilize the skills of governing board
members, or from moving volunteers to staff positions or working in a
large company as a woman with most male supervisiors. It didn't matter
what the structure, what concerned them was communication, strategizing
appropriate ways to deal with personal agendas, assessing performance,
etc. It was fascinating. Needless to say, my workshop didn't follow my

I think you've raised an interesting issue, and I look forward to seeing
how others respond.

Enjoy your trip.

Ed Brenegar
Leadership Resources
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Hendersonville, N.C. 28791
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