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Commitment and Capacity to Learn

As your company grows and faces increasingly complex challenges, you may be finding that the original strategy you created is changing. You are also changing and growing to meet these new challenges. Senge (2007) tells us "The organizations that will excel in the future will be those that can tap the commitment and capacity to learn of people at all levels within them" (para 5). Senge's 5 key disciplines are "1) systems thinking, 2) achieving personal mastery, 3) shifting mental models, 4) building shared vision, and 5) team learning" (2007, para 6). They are key to achieving the goal of creating the learning organization.

Please provide a brief description of your current employment organization or one that you have worked for in the past.

A review of how these disciplines have been integrated (either formally or informally) within the organization and the impact on organizational effectiveness.

Commentary on how the organization can improve.

How you can integrate this information into your business plan in the classroom team?


Senge, P. (2007). Fifth Discipline. Bloomsbury Business Library - Management Library, 27. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.


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An organization that I worked for in the past was a state correctional facility, in which I was a programs administrator. This organization was paramilitary in nature, in many respects. The administration of the correctional facility was run utilizing a mixture of authoritarian and Democratic leadership styles. This led to a situation where there was a strict chain of command within my department, but management was open to good suggestions from administrative personnel within their departments.

Systems thinking were formally integrated within the organization, due to the fact that all personnel within the facility were indoctrinated into the systematic methodology that will be utilized to carry out their duties within the institution. The systems approach was taught to each staff member during their initial orientation, and reinforced by their study and utilization of the standard operating procedure manual. This has led to increased ...

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This solution describes key aspects of the organizational learning paradigm.