Behavioral Competencies for LO LO22725

J.C. Lelie (
Fri, 24 Sep 1999 11:45:20 +0200

Replying to LO22704 --

Hello Stephen,

yep, it is one and only one and it has been known for ages: "know
theyself"or "Gnoti seauton" - the oracle at Delphi -, "Nosce te ipsum" -
Socrates-, "To be or not to be" - Shakespeare -, "you see what you want to
see and you hear what you want to hear", - Nilson, The Point. But is one a

I believe that change is initiated by a person, change - including
creating learning organizations - are intentional acts. These decisions to
change are rooted in how you experience the world, why you think you are,
what you want to be, who you are, what values you have, what you think is

A problem, a cause for change, i define as a difference between a
(personal) expectation and the actual situation. So there it begins: know
what you expect. Also i think that people create images of themselves,
ideas and artefacts that reflect who they are. That might be an idea like
"God created Man in his own image" (sic) or the concrete tall shining
towers in the forbidden city of the imperial corporate head quarters that
says: look at me! ("look at me, mommy, riding bike without hands!").

The Five Discipline are all about who you are:
- Systems thinking describes who you are in relation to the problems you
- Personal Mastery - what is in a word - describes the orientations you
have available and how to engage the creative orientation
- Mental Models shows you how your actions are reflections of what you
- Sharing vision is all about communication who you are and what you
- Team Learning is about accepting differences between people,
inquiring, dialogue, who you want to become in relation to others. By
the way, it is the only "learning" discipline of the Learning
Organization, so, i assume, the core discipline.

The question of transcendation is interesting. I had the answer about a
week ago, but not yet your question. I remember thinking, "what do i have
to do with this?", stored it and at the moment i cannot find the answer
anymore. It goes something like this: all life is transcendation.

I'll search for it, it'll come back.

Kind regards,

Jan Lelie

Calender, Stephen wrote:
> Is there a defined set of behavioral competencies - for managers,
> individual contributors, executives - that helps an organization to become
> a "learning organization" ? To what extent are the learning
> organization's competencies so team/group/system/organization focused that
> individual behavioral competencies are transcended?


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