Becoming a Learning Community
In order to develop themselves and eventually others, executives must continuously learn and develop their professional potential. Yet, leaders often need help in making the transition from their fast-paced work environment to a learning setting where it is essential for them to feel comfortable with reflective thinking, with unfamiliar questions or tasks, and with experimenting with new ideas or concepts. In addition to setting the learning tone for the program, this opening session introduces participants to each other, builds initial trust, and works on developing a learning community where participants support, foster and encourage each other's learning. As the kick-off event to a multi-day program, this session will introduce themes and topics to be developed in subsequent sessions. It reviews the opportunities and challenges of managerial learning through an interactive discussion of cases. Participants will identify key learning objectives and discuss ways to achieve them. The focus is on moving from knowing to doing—on applying classroom lessons on the job.