What is organizational learning?

Reflections for My Mirror: Innovation  November 19, 2017 – 05:11 am
What is Organizational

As we continue our discussion of exemplars of Learning Organizations, I am finding a common thread. These organizations tend to be innovative. They ask themselves, “What can we do to be more effective, more efficient, more customer focused…” Then they act on it, they take responsibility and act on it. It seems too that they have the authority to do so. I think that a lot of us have wonderful, creative ideas, however, there is no authority from uppermanagement to the line staff to take action. We do not feel empowered.

I once went to a roundtable discussion that had nothing to do with organizational learning, but the speaker said that Attitude comes from the top down and Innovation comes from the bottom up. This means that those doing the job, probably have the answers when it comes to being more effective, efficient, customer focused, etc. So is it ego again that stands in the way? Are people in upper management trying to secure their positions by controlling creative processes?

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