Instead of the traditional hierarchical structure of a business, today’s companies can survive when it succeeds in creating a learning organization. An organization where people continually expand their capacity to create the results they truly desire, where new and expansive patterns of thinking are nurtured, where collective aspiration is set free and where people are continually learning how to learn together.
1. Building a Shared vision
In learning organizations, the vision should be created through collaboration and dialogue between the employees and the leadership of the enterprise.
The effect of sharing the same vision is that employees do tasks because they want to do so instead of they are told to do so. It changes the relationship with the company, and it turns its performances in a learning mechanism.
2. Systems Thinking
Instead of focusing on individual issues, systems thinking reflects the observational workflow and process of the entire system in the enterprise. Managers have to understand that every action and consequence is correlated with another. Managers have to sense and see the big picture. When the correlation is understood, it enables us to see interrelationships and patterns of change in particular situations. Managers will be able to determine cause and effect.
3. Mental Models
Employees must identify the values of the company and what the business is all about. A correct understanding of what role we have will enable us to visualize where to go and how to develop further. The organization has to be flexible in accepting changes to new mental models and a new image of the company. The most successful companies are those who can learn and adapt to new models to become faster than its competitors.
4. Team Learning
To accomplish excellent functional team dynamics, team-learning is a primary importance. It is the discipline by which personal mastery and shared vision are brought together. It is crucial for the workforce to consider its colleagues as team members instead of rivals. It is the first step to set up dialogues wherein people dare to be vulnerable and express their real personality. The working environment should be safe where honest mistakes are forgiven. Otherwise, no learning can be experienced.
5. Personal Mastery
Personal mastery occurs when an individual has a clear vision of the goal, combined with an accurate perception of reality. The gap between the vision and reality drives the employee to practice all necessary related activities to realize the vision. This creative tension makes the employee do his best to achieve the shared vision. For this reason it is importanty to look at and share the truth that will be fundamental. Therefore we should train our subconscious mind because it can handle more complex problems quicker than what our consciousness can. When people believe in their own powerlessness, it will hold them back from realizing their vision. For this reason, we should train the subconscious mind to tackle the stress and problems in reality.