I'd like to hear comments on an indirect quote from Leif Edvinsson,
Director of Intellectual Capital for Skandia AFS; from "Elusive
Assets" by Anne Stuart, in CIO: the magazine for information
executives, 11/15/95, p.34.
--The indirect quote:
The learning organization is obsolete, yielding only half an answer to
the question of how to best manage knowledge and neglecting to deliver
any value added. What we need are intelligent organizations that
focus on both learning and teaching.
Competitive advantage goes to organizations that reduce the turnaround
time between learning and teaching, and information technologies can
help close that gap.
Personally, I think this is right on. It gets to the heart of the
essential problem with "learning organizations," in that there is no
implied responsibility to take action on the learning. The diamond in
learning only occurs when teaching occurs, when value is added, when
something with heart and life and passion is made out of a learning.
It seems to me that the essential fineness of the Marine Corps is that
they have a tremendous ability to add value in a very well-defined way.
No one can do what they do better than they do it. A learning-org that
converts to value with a very high efficiency!!
-- Rol Fessenden firstname.lastname@example.org