Learning Organizations in Social Services

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Learning Organizations in Social Services
Trudy Soucoup, Manager, United States

I am currently researching the application of the theories of Senge's 'Learning Organization' in the social services setting. I would love to gather input from anyone who has had experience in this area.
How to you apply this 'corporate' strategy in a non-profit setting?
If you have done so, has it been successful?
What are the successes you have experienced?
What pitfalls would you avoid in the future?
Any other helpful input would be greatly appreciated!

The Learning Police Organisation
Ronny Decuyper, Other, Belgium
Dear Trudy, you might be surprised but at the Belgium federal police we have just developed the corporate strategy using the principles of Peter Senge. We are convinced that it certainly works in a non-profit setting. We might not aim cash but we certainly aim for an efficient and effective organisation to produce the best and right security programs for our citizens. Since we just started with the strategy we are getting inspired bij Jef Staes eoi. to implement the principles of the learning organisation. Just be sure in the very beginning you get as much people involved as you can! Communicate! But do it "interpersonal", with focus groups, "management by talking around" and not just by the means of email and company magazines.
I'll keep you informed! And of course, I am also very interested in your progress!

Learning Organizations in Social Services
Trudy Soucoup, Manager, United States
Ronny, thanks for the input. It is going to be a slow process here as we currently have a very hierarchical organization with an E.D. who has been in place for 30 years! Once small step at a time...

Learning Organization in Social Setting
Dilip Khanal, CEO, Nepal
Ronny, I have experienced the value of interpersonal in many occasions. A brief meeting or an social gathering triggers the effect. But, I didn't use it for making a learning organization. Your input opened my mind.

Learning Organizations in Social Services
Ceferino Dulay, Jr., Other, Philippines
Corporate strategy is not all about profits. Organizations define their corporate vision and mission. This applies to any organization. From these, strategies are formulated to achieve them. A learning organization can aptly be created along these strategies. What is important is that desired end results are clear and people at various levels are involved in formulating and implementing ways to achieve the objectives.


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