Names: Group Exercise on Chapter 6 – Part 2 Blockages to, and Stepping Stones toward the Learning Organisation Exercise: In the left hand column of the table below, I have listed some key properties of learning organizations (LOs). (See Thornhill et al, p. 173 for a very similar list). (a) Focus on one organization that is well known to one or more group members and for each of the LO properties that is identified in the left hand column, identify one barrier that is in the way. Write down the blockages in the middle column. (b) For each of the blockages or barriers that are in the way of the organization becoming a LO, identify one or more steps that can be taken to remove the blockage. Key properties of Learning Some blockages to the properties of the Steps that may be taken to remove the Organisations LO (one for each property) blockages 1. Learning is derived from Barrier to property 1: Steps to overcome barriers to 1: all experiences, not just from successes but also from failures. Such learning is actually used to guide future behaviour. 2. Learning, especially Barrier to property 2: Steps to overcome barriers to 2: learning how to learn, is valued for its own sake. 3. Learning from internal Barrier to property 3: Steps to overcome barriers to 3: and external environments takes place at all levels and people are strongly encouraged to share knowledge across groups. 4. Learning is ongoing and Barrier to property 4: Steps to overcome barriers to 4: powerful; with people and groups being willing to change their habits. 5. Managers accept the Barrier to property 5: Steps to overcome barriers to 5: need for ‘unlearning’ and that they are responsible for re-developing and repositioning the organisation’s knowledge base. 6. Whenever the Barrier to property 6: Steps to overcome barriers to 6: organisation undergoes change, learning needs are identified and the necessary learning is deliberately facilitated.