SOLE - Self Organising Learning Environments
Anyone who has come across Sugata Mitra' hole in the wall computer experiment in India (TED: The Child Driven Education) will realise that organisational management is not the only human activity facing a crisis nowadays, but so is education and schooling in its traditional forms. Both management and teaching suffer from the innate habit of its professionals wanting to micro-manage everything, wanting to command and control, indeed trying to control outcomes, rather than letting them emerge. Sugata Mitra calls for creating Self-Organising Learning Environments (SOLE), and his experiments have shown some surprising results. If you are not familiar with SOLE, please view this TED: Build a School in the Cloud talk first, as the rest of this article will make less sense without it.
We are in a period where businesses need to change. This may mean developing new models of doing business, adapting to the new economy or becoming a conscious business. This may also mean adapting agile business practices, becoming a lean organisation, or implementing sociocratic governance principles.
This involves a certain degree of change, across the whole organisation.
Yet given that many change programs often do not seems to deliver expected results, it is understandable that leaders feel a certain degree of trepidation towards change.
One of the main causes for poor results in change programs is that the goals of the change are mandated and enforced. Employees are often simply told what changes are required without being consulted, indeed without being involved in the creation of the new system. This produces resistence and resentment, and frustration with the top leaders at the same time
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