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Collaborating to Build a Learning Organization

“Collaboration is vital to sustain what we call profound or really deep change, because without it, organizations are just overwhelmed by the forces of the status quo. ” Peter Senge, author of “The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization”.

Does your team place special emphasis on learning together? Your answer better be “yes” since  lifelong learning is fundamental to your business success.

Want to get even better at encouraging collaboration and knowledge sharing within your team? Implement the five key elements of successful learning organizations, as Senge defines them in his book.

  1. Systems Thinking

Being able to see the big picture is essential to your success. Systems thinking is a conceptual framework, a set of knowledge and tools helping you clearly identify patterns and effectively transform them.

2. Personal Mastery

When each member is focused on personal growth, acquiring knowledge and developing their expertise, the team as a whole also scales up.

3. Mental Models

You know what is extremely powerful inside a team? To be able to look into our biases, stereotypes and beliefs and share them within our team in an effort to be more authentic and work less from a place of assumption.

4. Building Shared Vision

Create and share a powerful vision for your team. Inspire and motivate them to work towards a common goal.

5. Team Learning

Teams that learn together deliver extraordinary results. Plus each individual grows faster than they would have otherwise, according to Senge.

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