Abstracts: July 30th, 2001

Marshall JCharts how different human qualities are beginning to be valued in society and within organizations, arguing that qualities such as interdependence, intuition, receptivity are gaining parity with the traditionally-valued qualities of independence, rational analysis and control. Points out that this is being accompanied by a blurring in the gender-based stereotypes in which women were labelled as having certain qualities and men others. Sees these changes as being necessary precursors for learning organizations. Explores the approaches to learning which are needed in learning organizations, praising people who are able to combine analysis, intuition and values-based intelligences. Cautions that these emerging approaches have yet to consolidate their place within organization, suggesting it is possible that they may be co-opted to meet the needs of the old ‘command and control’ approach. Considers how leaders can support learning within their organizations, enabling a rounded approach to inquiry and decision, and working effectively with uncertainty and complexity.

The Learning Organization, (UK), Vol 7 No 5. Start page: 244. No of pages: 7. ISSN: 0969-6474

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