A Two-Day Learning Program
- Understand the characteristics of learning teams and organizations and the new roles of leadership.
- Begin to practice some of the learning disciplines as individual leaders and in a leadership team
- Understand the role and personal responsibility of leaders in leading change.
- Welcome, introductions and expectations.
- Characteristics of a learning organization and new roles of leadership.
- Fundamental barriers to organizational learning.
- Surfacing and challenging mental models; conditions for dialogue; application to participants’ issues.
- Building personal and shared visions; links between values, purpose, vision and strategy.
- Evaluation of day one.
- Introduction to systems thinking.
- Systems thinking and mental models: application to participants’ organizational issues.
- Leadership’s role in creating a learning organization.
- Dialogue on leading organizational change; personal change as prerequisite for effective leadership.
- Conclusion and evaluation of the program.
Style and format
- Each of the topics is approached in an experiential way, combining:
- Short visual presentations, followed by questions and answers
- Reflective and interactive exercises in pairs, small mixed groups and teams
- Large group interactions and dialogue.
Suggested Advance Reading
- “The Fifth Discipline _ The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization” by Peter M. Senge, Currency-Doubleday, 2006
- “The Leader’s New Work: Building Learning Organizations” by Peter Senge, Sloan Management Review, Fall 1990
- “We Are What We Can Learn” by Joe Flower, Healthcare Forum Journal, July/August, 1996.