High Expectations LO17554

Nancy Polend (nanjr@erols.com)
Wed, 25 Mar 1998 20:07:37 -0500

Hello all.

As I was drifting off to sleep last night, something that has been
percolating finally made it to conscious thought. This "something" has
to do with our (in this case, the listserve participants) expectations
of creating learning organizations. I'd be interested in hearing your

In reading the posts on this listserve, I am always in awe of the
experience, knowledge, intellect, caring, etc. contained the sender's
message. Therefore, it appears as if participants of this listserve are
working/living at the self-actualization need level (Maslow).

Is it realistic for a group of self-actualized academians (us) to
believe that organizations containing people at all levels of Maslow's
hierarchy (in differing ratios) can become, together, a learning

People who are struggling to make ends meet, who may have other, more
pressing problems will most likely not be too concerned about learning,
about how effective or adaptive their organization is, about how
connected they feel to their colleagues, etc. Organizations are filled
with people doing the best they can to stay afloat.

Can we really go into these organizations, having left our ivory towers
temporarily, and profess that the learning organization must evolve?
How much credibility will we have? After all, we are seeing
organizations from a lofty, theoretical perspective vs. a day-to-day,
gotta-get-things-done-and-I'm-2-months-late-on-my-rent perspective.

Don't get me wrong, I truly believe that learning organizations are
critical for our future and that SOMEONE must think about them from an
academic perspective...I just think that sometimes we can get a little
carried away with ourselves and forget about the people who make
organizations thrive, who just get things done as best they can.

Nancy Polend


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