LO a means or an end? LO6170

Rol Fessenden (76234.3636@compuserve.com)
22 Mar 96 10:31:37 EST

Replying to LO6140 --

Bill Hobler says, "Is the Learning Organization concept an end to be
achieved or a means to achieve other ends? At the risk of being a heretic
in your company, I suggest that an LO is simply a means."

He then goes on to say that a) the goal of the organization is to survive,
b) the job leadership is to ensure survival, and c) one strategy -- among
many -- which needs to be pursued to do that is to build the learning
capacity of the participants in order to strengthen their ability to
contribute to the corporation's survival.

I think by "survive" Bill means survive and flourish if possible, but
survive at least.

This rings my bell. When we had the discussion about the purpose of LO
back in October one perspective was the the purpose was to build an
organization's ability to achieve extraordinary performance. Bill's
suggestion is in line with that.

If you missed his post or just skimmed it, it's worth checking out again.


Rol Fessenden LL Bean 76234.3636@compuserve.com

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