Tania M. Brown
Instructor Clifton Howell
January 28, 2013
Learning Organizations: Two Achievers
A learning organization is one, which facilitates learning and development of its employees, while continuously transforming itself. Organizational learning occurs with an organization skilled at creating, acquiring, and transferring knowledge, and at modifying its behavior to reflect new knowledge and insights. The most successful learning organizations perpetuate their advantage by encouraging people at all levels to collect information across all boundaries, being sure that information is shared, not forgotten, or hoarded, and encouraging casual information sharing as a way of organizational life. Today’s workforce is more specialized than ever. Employers’ most talented people are in sales, manufacturing, engineering, and design and not in management. They have hidden talents and ideas that are not being utilized. High-impact learning organizations unleash these experts and put in place programs to promote and reward even greater levels of expertise (Wilhelm, 2006). 3M and Microsoft are two organizations that have incorporated learning into their companies. In the process of doing so, it has made their companies more insightful, knowledgeable, and successful. They have inspired and learned how to use all of their people in a way that is beneficial for all involved. 3M is a learning organization committed to continuous improvement in both the company's results and each individual's performance. A learning environment is more than a comprehensive training program. A philosophy says that learning is a part of every employee's job every day. Continuous learning gives all employees greater opportunities to realize their potential. In a learning environment, the role of the employee is to be a continuous learner, the role of the manager is to reinforce learning and model learning behaviors, and the role of...