Knowledge economy, teamwork, Top management, learning, study, practise, I learned something, Jack Welch, Boston Celtics
What Today we live in a world of mounting expectations (both shareholders and employees are expecting more from organizations). Demand for immediate fulfillment of needs & wants has never been so intense. How to survive in this environment (forget about thriving)?
That is what is happening currently. The crisis of today is due to human being's unwillingness to change and belong to future. In future the progress of organizations depend all the more on their people. Organizations have to unlock the potential of their people. Top managements can no longer afford to set agendas and expect people to march on to fulfill them. They have to accept them as partners. To motivate the people, first they have to understand them. People have to be seen as creatures who are here to realize their potential selves (self here refers to the unique role only one individual can play).
In the ancient Indian system, the work in the society was meant to ensure inner development of the individual. This should be the aim of future organizations. Organizations must create such an environment where people develop internally as well while working. For example, ability to change mental models, systems thinking, personal mastery are such inner improvements. At personal level mastering these disciplines leads to better personal relationships. At organizational level, can ensure the growth of the organization.
The basic idea of learning continuously can be traced to eastern philosophies. They state that one never understands anything completely. And life is a continual process of learning. One cannot say the word "learning" in Chinese without saying both "study" and "practise" constantly. One cannot say, "I learned something" in Chinese. It is literally impossible.
Organizations are continuously changing either through mergers or some other means. Changes are significant and rapid in some cases. They are slow and not so significant in some other cases. In any case when the organizations are changing, they are trying to adapt themselves to the changing surroundings. In the process they are also learning. A learning organization is an organization that is continuously expanding its capacity to create its future.