The world is more complex than century's ago , and is changing faster and faster . This is due to the new technologies and the increasingly global scope of our interactions . To survive in this world we have to continuously learn from each other and adapt, not only in our work lives , but also in our families, communities and schools!
Organizations -as a open system of people, which are together to fullfill a purpose -has to design themselves so that they can fullfill their function effectively, encourage people to reach their full potential and at the same time , help the world to be a better place .
Peter Senge has written in his book" the Fifth Discipline:The Art &Practice of the Learning Organization " five coredisciplines to be practiced , so that each organisation or business community can survive and grow in our world of tomorrow:
- Systems Thinking
- Team learning
- Shared vision
- Mental models
- Personal mastery
I will not expand on these , but there are other that support the above five , but also necessary to be succesfull in applying those five !!
The intangible "something" that shape our behaviors and influences the environment inwhich we work today . this refers to policies, beliefs, values , convinctions that define a organization identity.
As all systems belongs to other bigger systems, the question has to be asked how the organisation fits into the larger social picture. What is the impact on environment, other community's , family's
3. Communication by dialogue:
In order to work as a team , communication has to be a two-way street stimulating questions so that we can come to dialogue.
As described in the book"Good to great" , leaders has to move to level 5: Seeing the business as a system, beyond the borders of the company. They should moving away from control managementstructures toward more fluid , selforganizing structures
Design organizations that respect and balance human needs with the natural cycles and limitations of our planet.
6. Work/life balance:
The two systems cannot be seen anymore as two seperate one s, with their boundary's .A interrelationship between both purposes has to be defined .
Because everything is really connected( systems theorie), a organization will apply a real learning process in all of the above points, rather than tackling them in isolation.
Putting everything in alignment will really improve the learning capability!!