From the Balcony

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From the Balcony to the Dance Floor
James “Dennis” Warman
Leadership in the 21st Century
LED 603
May 29, 2015
Instructor: Dr. Ellen Kaye

I really desire to put into practice what I have learned from Leadership in the 21st Century college course. I have a deep desire for my organization to become a true learning organization.
The irony to my desire is that my organization is involved in education of children kindergarten through twelfth grade. I have set up learning environments in my organization, but not based on the art and practice of learning organizations. The trainings were designed to meet an immediate need based on a lack of knowledge or experience. Currently, we have five different levels of training based on time on the job or position. Peter Senge, in an obscure little sentence in his book, says, “ To be a true teacher, you must be a learner first” (Senge, 1990. 2006, p. 332). He adds that the teacher’s passion for learning inspires their students. He further insists that managers, which I will translate to organizational leaders, must commit to be practitioners, not just “advocates” or preachers. My goal therefore is to use the theory from Peter Senge and apply it to my organization. The challenge is to take the theory and put into practice. Senge’s five key disciplines are mental models, shared vision, team learning, personal mastery, and systems thinking. Senge believes that the five disciplines converge to create new waves of experimentation and advancement, and hopefully, “learning organizations.” A learning organization is not one where the members of an organization just takes in information, but where team members continually expand their capacities and create desired results. This work will become my template to create a learning organization.
Today I conducted a training where the information was important to learn and…...

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