3.3.1 Change from Within® basic concepts

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The method we use to develop, implement and maintain a (more) Learning Culture in organizations is funded on the Change from Within model®. It is inspired by the thoughts of Jan Bommerez (sorry the video is only Dutch / translation via "ondertiteling").

Our SOL Change from Within model® is facilitated by four powerful basic concepts:

1. The power of Simplicity

Some of the world's greatest algorithms are always the ones with the fewest lines of code. And when we go through the lines of code, we can easily understand them. The innovator of that algorithm, broke down the problem until it was so easy to understand that he/she could implement it.

The same principle applies for developing a Learning Culture. This is a complex system in itself. If we complicate things, no one will understand/recognize actions and reactions. So, Keep It Super Simple! Then everybody understands what to do and how to create this common culture of learning and understanding.

2. The power of Community

Ubuntu is a humanistic philosophy from the southern part of Africa. It can be translated by; "I am because we are". The idea is that a person can only be happy when others are too and that a person suffers himself the moment he sees another suffer. Social wellbeing is a key element of organizational wellbeing. In this video Peter Senge gives a nice example of social wellbeing as a foundation for innovation.

We, as human beings, are extra motivated to learn when we do this together. And, if we organize it right, the learning result can be much richer. A lot of research has been done on this subject. Most impressive results come from a 2020 LinkedIn research where a 30 x more motivation to learn was seen when people learn together!

3. The power of the System

A system approach means thinking about the big picture. This is based on the generalization that everything is inter-related and interdependent. A system is composed of related and dependent elements which when in interaction, form a unitary whole. To create a Learning Culture you need to work on different 'levels' at the same time.

A systemic approach helps to realize sustainable results. Being 'in the system' it is difficult to have an objective view of the formal and informal reality. Systemic tools can help to create this realistic overview, to see how your work is related to 'the whole' and to gain insight into cause-effect relationships.

4. The power Within

The most important aspect of the Change from Within methodology is using 'nature' as a force to achieve change. All living people, in principle, want to learn, want to work together, want to achieve results and want to be part of succes. With the focus on using your talents, instead of improving your weaknesses.

You have to realize this can be used in a positive way (nature as a force to learn, change, realize). But even in a negative way (nature as a source for anger, grief, frustration) this 'energy' can support change. It's better to have it out in the open, so you can deal with it, than to hide it, and let it grow unseen.

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The SOLution

It's good to mention we think/know there is no one best solution to develop, implement and maintain a (more) Learning Culture in your organization. You have to find your own solution, based on your own insights, context, support etc.

With SOL, based on our knowledge and experience, we have developed our own SOLution. Several tools, development programs, conSOLtancy etc. focused on developing a (more) Learing Culture. Use this as an inspiration or input for your own learning journey.

Chapter 3.2 showed us there are 4 areas/levels to work on when you want to develop a culture of learning (individual, team, organization and culture). Set against these powerful Change from Within concepts we can see the pattern below. We discuss this in more detail in the next chapters.

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Power within

Personal Mastery

Easy to understand rhythm

Peer-2-Peer and 3 x 3 x 3 method

Systemic tools

Purpose, Autonomy & Mastery

Learning Practice Teams

5 fables / short stories learning organization

Deep dives, Knowledge Circles, Master-Mind e.d.

Systemic tools

Water Lilly concept

Learning Leadership

Sit with your team and listen.

Self-managed structure

Systemic tools

Mindset, Skillset & Toolset

Learning Culture

Trust the Process principle

Learnathon & Community of Practice

Systemic tools

Formalizing informal learning

The SOL Change from Within® methodology relies on 'natural forces' which are fundamental to life itself.

Make room for these forces to start doing their job and be ready for the magic to happen!

Patrick Bijman

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