It's 1970 and Alvin Toffler wrote "The illiterate of the twenty-first century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn." Toffler knew that learning is the key to growth and change. People do it everyday...but what about organizations?
Peter Senge, author of The Fifth Discipline, talks about a learning organization as one that has a forward-thinking mindset. Does your organization actually seek knowledge and new ideas that are aligned to its core purpose? Does your organization have capabilities that it did not have a year ago? Or...are you still protecting those sacred cows of policy and procedure, and relying upon the age-old excuse of "we have never done it that way".
Effective change means reinventing the way we interact - with our competitors, our employees, and our world. A shared vision, team learning, and challenging the corporate traditions form the foundation of a learning organization. We will talk about each of these in our next blogs - in the meantime....go...learn...change!