Types of learning LO7133

Keith Cowan (72212.51@CompuServe.COM)
02 May 96 13:31:38 EDT

One of the issues deserving some discussion here is the various aspects of
learning. Just as individuals have multiple ways of learning, so do
organizations? I have made the assertion that true learning is only
demonstrated through actions (as opposed to knowledge in the brain) or
practice versus theory, and there would be a parallel in any organization.
That is, by observing the overall behaviour to infer abilities of the

In his 1983 book, Frames of the Mind: the Theory of Multiple Intelligences
(Basic Books), Howard Gardner of Harvard defines six types of
intelligence: spatial or visual, interpersonal, intrapersonal
(self-awareness and understanding), natural (recognizing patterns and
distinctions around us), logical and linguistic. He uses some interesting
examples of skills among leaders that are not detectable in normal
intelligence tests (e.g. Maggie Thatcher, Michael Jordan, Pavarotti, Ron

I would suggest that the first three aspects of the six are more important
to the success of an organization than the last three. This is not to say
that an org does not need to be logical and articulate but that those are
meeting requirements and that a learning org. is demonstrating the
abilities in the other categories. What do you think? ...Keith

(Gardner's thinking has apparently evolved in his latest book: Leading
Minds: An Anatomy of Leadership, 1995, Basic)


Keith Cowan <72212.51@CompuServe.COM>

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