Re: Guerilla Learning Org??! LO2260

Johanna Rothman (
Fri, 28 Jul 1995 10:25:14 +0059 (EDT)

Replying to LO2243 --

On Wed, 26 Jul 1995, Jim Michmerhuizen wrote:

> Replying to LO2163 --
> On Wed, 19 Jul 1995 wrote:
> > Can you have TQM in the guerilla way? Not likely if you mean
> > formally. Can it begin and spread and even take over an organisation
> > in the guerilla way? Sure, with intention and success.
> >
> > Can a formal and explicit learning organisation be created in the
> > guerilla way? I doubt it. But does anybody care?

Hmm, I thought that many organizations which find themselves doing things
that make them learning organizations started in a guerilla way.

I've worked with folks who started solving problems differently, using
more of a systems approach. They shared their experiences and expertise.
They were able to coach and facilitate each other. That seems to be a
guerilla-based, initial learning organization.

> I like those questions. A related set occurred to me the other day: can a
> learning organization come into being ex nihilo? Can a group of people
> spontaneously ignite?

Yes! Although, as people, it seems to be easier when there's a monumental
problem to be solved, and the old ways just don't cut it.

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