EM 760 lec 11 - 08 - student slides

EM 760 lec 11 - 08 - student slides - Engineering...

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1 Engineering Management Organization Structure and Systems Lecture 11 March 25, 2008 Disciplines of the Learning Organization • Personal Mastery • Mental Models • Shared Vision • Team Learning • Systems Thinking Four Conditions for Organizational Learning • An individual must learn from experience • Individual must put the lesson into organizational memory • Other members must accept the lesson • Others in the organization must be able to put the lesson into use Argyris and Schön (1978)
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2 The Spirit of the Learning Organization • A religious experience • Organizations learn through people • Traditional org. not designed to meet higher order needs • Mgr need to recognize their responsibility for the lives of so many • The active force is PEOPLE Personal Mastery Chapter 9 Personal Mastery • The discipline of personal growth and learning • Grounded in competence and skill • Approaching one’s life as a creative work • Continually clarifying what is important to us • Continually learning how to see current reality more clearly • Not something you possess, but a process
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3 Creative Tension • A force to be bring current reality and vision together • Vision – what we want • Current Reality – where we are relative to what we want • The gap results in creative tension Helpful Definitions • Learning – expanding the ability to produce the results we truly want in life • Mastery – special level of proficiency in every aspect of life – personal and professional Personal Mastery Characteristics • Special sense of purpose • Vision is more of a calling, not just a good idea • View current reality as an ally not as the enemy • Deeply inquisitive • Acutely aware of their ignorance • In a continual learning mode
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4 Resulting Characteristics • Learn to work with forces of change, not resist them • High levels of commitment • Take more initiative • Broader and deeper sense of responsibility • Learn faster • Feel connected to others and life itself • Feel part of the larger creative process • Feel a sense of influence but not control over the larger creative process • Find deeper happiness, personal fulfillment Organizational Relationship to Personal Mastery • Traditional contract – honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work • Covenant – shared commitment to ideas, to issues, values, goals and mgmt processes Resistance to Encouraging Personal Mastery • Viewed as “soft” – unquantifiable concepts • Cynicism – due to falling short of our ideals, or disappointed in people • Dangerous – if empowered folks don’t share a common vision, this increases organizational stress to maintain cohesion and direction
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5 The Discipline of Personal Mastery • Personal Vision • Holding Creative Tension • Embracing Structural Conflict • Commitment to the Truth • Using the Subconscious Forming Personal Vision • Personal vision comes from within • Focus on ultimate intrinsic desires
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This note was uploaded on 11/22/2009 for the course EM 760 taught by Professor Utley during the Spring '08 term at University of Alabama - Huntsville.

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