Learning Organization Practitioners' Network (LOPN) A network from Singapore connected to SoL Global
What is a Learning Organization?
Learning Organization is taking most everyday notions of learning, i.e. it is a process whereby human beings enhance the capacity to do what we want and taking that to the aggregate of organizations - Senge
So Learning Organization is really nothing more than an organization that continually enhances the capacity to create outcomes that members really want to create.
The central territory of the work is made up of three core processes:
Shifting from going for goals to having a capacity by members to have and share common aspirations.
How we talk to each other - shifting from talking at each other to talking with each other. Speak the truth but hold my truth as contingent. Coming together to think together (harmonization of our thinking) because it is then we work together.
Seeing the whole. People together can see the whole together.
In short, organizations develop individual and collective capabilities to understand complex, interdependent issues, engage in reflective, generative conversations; and nurture personal and shared aspirations.
The reality we see and understand depends on what we believe the reality is. The most important lesson we learn in Learning Organisation is noticing our internal world views (and it's consistency with reality) that shape how we understand (and learn about) the world and therefore the actions we take in the reality. These internal world views when left unchecked (because they are tacit) is the source of many of our woes.
Is knowing these important for leaders and teams?
We think, If it means we learn to collaborate with each other and create results that matter, why not so? All human beings are born with an innate, lifelong desire and ability to learn which should be enhanced by organizations. The capacities and accomplishments of organizations are inseparable from and dependent on the learning communities which they foster. When that happens we say then a Learning Organization (that is sustainable and in-tune with social and natural world) is born!
Definition of Learning Organizations by Peter Senge?
In the Fifth Discipline, Peter Senge describes learning organizations as places "where people continually expand their capacity to create the results they truly desire, where new and expansive patterns of thinking are nurtured, where collective aspiration is set free, and where people are continually learning to see the whole (reality) together."
The most fundamental assessment of success of LO is long-term sustainable improvement in people accomplishing what they really want to accomplish.