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orgnizational behaviour project Effective Managers are Continuous Learners

orgnizational behaviour project Effective Managers are Continuous Learners

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Published by: Avinash on May 02, 2009
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Continuous learning is NOT about continually taking courses -- it's about developing skills in
reflection and inquiry -- it's about learning how to learn so that your life's experiences become your
own learning lab. The concept of continuous learning has become quite prominent over the past five
years. Organizations are changing rapidly. Therefore, it's difficult to find any approach to doing
anything in organizations that doesn't soon become outdated. The concept of continuous learning has
become important because it places priority on noticing, adapting and learning from change. .

Continuous learning is a lifelong process comprised of the sum of training, development, and
learning. A learning organization is built around people, their knowledge, know-how and ability to
innovate. It is characterized by continual improvement through new ideas, knowledge and insights
which it uses to constantly anticipate innovate and find new and better ways to fulfill its mission.
Managers traditionally, make assignments based on the skills of the individual and/or team. These are
called skill assignments. In a continuous learning organization, managers make learning assignments
as well as skill assignments1

. The learning assignments approach works best when managers and
supervisors also function as coaches; and when managers and supervisors leverage off the knowledge
that already resides in the organization.

The principle of synergy has been long understood throughout industry and government--the sums of
the parts are greater than the whole. Industry has found the establishment of Communities of Practice
(CoP) as a tremendous benefit and stimulus for learning organizations and knowledge management.
Learning Organizations fosters people evolving together, using collaborative methodologies in
dealing with: Government, productivity, best practices/processes, leadership and decision making,
customer satisfaction, competitive advantage/market differentiation, innovation, collaboration,
learning, social capital, human capital and structural capital. Other characteristics of a learning
organization are:

•People are involved in doing something that matters.
•Every individual in the organization is a contributor and is growing or enhancing his/her
capacity to create.
•The organization continually becomes more aware of tacit knowledge.
•Employees are invited to learn what is going on at every level of the organization, so they can
understand how their actions influence others. This is critical, in that without learning about
the mission, as well as their own tasks, employees cannot make the contributions they are
capable of. This requires dramatic learning efforts, both for the employees who must learn to
act in the interest of the whole enterprise, and for senior leadership who must learn how to
extend knowledge throughout the organization.

The revolutions that are currently changing the workplace are also changing the way people learn,
placing increasing expectations on employees to remain current by taking advantage of new ways of
learning. Distributed learning (DL) technologies, experiential learning and other non-traditional
approaches to education and training are rapidly supplementing the traditional classroom
student/instructor approach.

Source:- www.managementhelp.org/trng_dev/

Basic Definition

Simply put, continuous learning is the ability to learn to learn. Learning need not be a linear event
where a learner goes to a formal learning program, gains areas of knowledge and skills about a
process, and then the learning ceases. If the learner can view life (including work) as a "learning
program", then the learner can continue to learn from almost everything in life. As a result, the learner
continues to expand his or her capacity for living, including working.


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