Is There Time For Learning?
I was asked recently about how much time leaders should spend helping their people in a learning organization and the impact of learning time on "close to the bone" organizations. Of course this begs the questions, just what is a learning organization and what is a leader's role in one?
There are a number of definitions available for learning organizations but here are two that cover the core concept:
- "An organization that facilitates the learning of all its members and continuously transforms itself". (Pedler et al in The Learning Company: A strategy for sustainable development.)
- "Organizations 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 learn together." (Senge in The Fifth Discipline)