Do teams learn? LO13566
Fri, 9 May 1997 12:47:10 -0400 (EDT)

Replying to LO13537 --

> The answer to this is somewhat clear now that we have answered the above.
> The parable of the blind men describing the elephant has a different
> outcome when they share their perspectives. They all start to develop a
> viewpoint about the whole elephant- something they could not do outside
> the team.

Rol's comments reminded me of a poem by my favorite management guru.

The Vision Statement by Emil Gobersneke

Four blind men found a Pachyderm,
and deciding it would float
because it had such big stout ribs,
renamed the beast a boat.

They planned to take it out to sea
but when they launched the craft
it foundered, sank, and washed away,
next time they'll build a raft.

They thought their plan would work because
they shared the same perspective.
But wisdom shows a deeper truth -
Their vision was defective.


Lon Badgett lonbadgett

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