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Leading Adaptive Teams in Healthcare Organizations by Christopher E. Johnson, Kurt C. O'Brien

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CHAPTER 2

The Learning Team

In 1990 Peter Senge published his best-selling book, The Fifth Discipline, where he ushered in a new wave of organizational thinking focused on creating a learning organization. He identified four elements that were necessary to create a learning organization: personal mastery, mental models, shared vision, and team learning. His point was to call out the need for organizations to adopt the mindset and practice of continuous learning, and how this particular mindset was essential for survival in an ever-increasingly complex environment (Senge 1990).

At the time, it became quite common to hear leaders declare that their organization was a learning organization, or that it needed to become a learning organization. For ...

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