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Weaving Learning with Performance for Transformation

Change is happening faster than we can keep up with it. Covid19 has upended the world. Racial unrest, economic dislocation, more remote work, revised forms of social gathering, and unsettled and unsettling politics are all extant. Life in organizations confronts us with not knowing, or knowing for a context that no longer applies or will not for long. At the same time, admitting to not knowing is unwelcome by leaders and organization members and often by consultants even though confessing to ignorance is where learning and new knowing begins. Yet, rather than finding new solutions and risking failure, many of us apply what we once learned, paradoxically proving our ignorance. Given the need for learning at the ever-increasing speed of change, organizations may intentionally attempt to integrate performance and learning, eg through action-learning. However, participants first...

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