My experience confirms the first barrier we must overcome is that of perspective. Often we get so wrapped up in our selves as individuals that we overlook or forget altogether the bigger system we’re apart of and actively influence. It is so easy to see structures, situations, processes, and events as unchangeable, however in evaluating the bigger system at play we are able to discover our unique ability and agency to introduce small changes with potentially larger results.
The second barrier is passion. There is clearly a lack of passion in organizations. The root cause of this is unknown to me. Perhaps, there is a general lack of passion within individuals, another inherent flaw if-you-will. Perhaps, passion is a result of circumstance and those who are able to harness their passion standout from the crowd. Perhaps, individual passion exists and yearns to be released, yet is stifled by the structure, bureaucracy, and specialization of modern organization. I don’t know the reasons why, but I do believe it is evident. Organizations need passion, and passion come from people. It cannot be simulated, emulated, or manufactured. It is an intentional and internal response of the heart.
No, knowing something is not enough. We must maintain perspective, fuel and align our passion. And most importantly, act, gain feedback, and continue to act.
I have missed writing so regularly here. Between work commitments, graduate school, marriage and a start-up side project I have not had time to devote as I used to. The above is from the end of a piece I wrote for a class as it relates to the topic of Learning Organizations and barriers that suppress and sometimes prevent their development
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