Stages in LO? LO6721

Michael Wild (
Tue, 16 Apr 1996 08:54:33 -0400

Having been lurking on Rick's excellent list for a while, I have two
questions which don't seem to have received attention so far :

1. Could there be definable "stages" in the development of an LO? I have
in mind something like the maturity levels of the CMU Capability Maturity
Model, or the Business Transformation Levels from the MIT MIT90s
programme. Or is any such idea antithetical to the LO concept?

2. I find myself making connections between the Learning Organisation
concepts and ideas/constructs/ways of looking at things from other
apparently very different fields :

- Non-perspective art : such as David Hockney's photocollages (eg
"Pearblossom Highway")
- Poetry : such as T.S.Eliot's "Four Quartets" (quoted at the end of Covey's
"Seven Habits ...", BTW)
- Philosophy : such as James Carse's "Finite and Infinite Games"
- Psychology : such as Margaret Donaldson's "Human Minds" (which however I
do not claim to have understood)

Do others find themselves making such connections? Are they any use to the
practitioner? For example, Hockney says he was influenced by Chinese
scrolls, which themselves seem to be a form of story. The collage/scroll
ideas might therefore be useful in designing storytelling exercises.

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