Building and maintaining a learning organisation

Building a learning organisation

"The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn." Alvin Toffler

What is a learning organisation?

A learning organisation is one in which the structure, culture and processes facilitate organisational learning. An organisation that facilitates the learning of all its members and continuously transforms itself.

The freedom to let go of the past and try new ways in the future. Where successes and 'failures' are reviewed for their learning potential. Where individuals and departments are appraised for their learning systems as much as for their past performance.

Where mistakes are allowed – if not exactly encouraged – for it is recognised that we will never learn if we don't try out new ideas, new ways of doing things, and these won't always work.

How can external consultants help an organisation learn?

The Brefi Group holistic approach to organisational change will help managers understand how the systems and forces within their organisation both reinforce and resist change. Our 20 years of experience of organisational change, management development and Investors in People allow us to advise on the establishment of processes that will not only lead to change, but also to learning and learning to learn.

Levels of learning:

  • Single loop learning: people continuously improve their current practices or do what they are already doing better.
  • Double loop learning: people fundamentally reshape their patterns of thinking with the intent of helping them learn to do different things.
  • Triple loop learning: people create a shift in their context or point of view with the intent of helping them learn, grow and produce the results they truly desire.

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Or, of course, you could do nothing.

The choice is yours.

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