a student's perspective LO7118

Ben Compton (BCOMPTON@novell.com)
Wed, 01 May 1996 23:47:16 -0700

Replying to LO7090 --

(see text of message below my comments)

I think that your premise is a leap of abstration, assuming that because
some families are dysfunctional, all families are dysfunctional. I'm not
convinced this is true.

My wife and I have used Senge's five disciplines in developing our family
community, and have found a tremendous amount of satisfaction. Our
two oldest children (ages 7 and 5) are able to think more broadly and
deeply about many issues, because we have casually espoused
systemic thinking. We have also focused on using dialogue to create a
"shared vision," which has proven to be extremely beneficial.

I think that the family is one of the best places to use principles of a
learning organization. Perhaps one of the reasons so many families have
become dysfunctional is simply because the art of dialogue has been

Ben Compton
Novell (GroupWare Services)

>>> Rol Fessenden <76234.3636@CompuServe.COM> 04/30/96 09:45pm wrote..

I hate to say it, but in the comparison of families, communities, and
organizations -- businesses -- in the areas of LO, sharing, functioning,
and interacting toward common goals, organizations come off far ahead
of the alternatives.

Families are particularly dysfunctional. All we need to look at is the
information about abuse, divorce, poverty, single-parents, and so forth to
see the current state of affairs.
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BCOMPTON@novell.com (Ben Compton)

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