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Organizational Learning, Collaboration and more : HBR

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David A. Garvin, Amy C. Edmondson, and Francesca Gino from HBR discusses the building blocks of a ‘Learning Organization’ in the article (and video), “Is Yours a Learning Organization?”

Building Blocks of the Learning Organization.  

  • A supportive learning environment:  An environment that supports learning has four distinguishing characteristics, which includes – Psychological safety, appreciation of differences, openness to new ideas, and time for reflection.
  • Concrete learning processes and practices.
  • Leadership that reinforces learning.

Another awesome video from HBR (pointed out by Luis) is an interview of Cisco CEO John Chambers, where he explains how abandoning command-and-control leadership has enabled the company to innovate more quickly, using collaboration and teamwork.

To quote :

“Stepping down from command and control formal authority and instead overseeing a web of relationships and inter dependencies requires you to be able to build an inclusive collaborative approach, more of a leading from behind perspective, to be an effective leader. To allow leadership as collective genius requires you to subjugate your own ego in order to allow others to thrive”

Written by anol

February 12th, 2009 at 11:06 am