3.3.3 Team: Learning Practice Teams

When we started developing this Learning Journey we came up with the question: Which comes first, the chicken or the egg?

Is it the the learning organization (chicken) that creates an engaged workforce (the egg)? Or is it the other way around?

Researching this question we discovered it's neither one of them. The magic is in building the right hen house. It's all about creating the right context, the physical, social and mental environment (the Learning Culture) that provides the foundations for a sustainable "chicken & egg production". It's magical!

The text above can be read in the introduction. It is one of the four metaphors we use. To facilitate teams to learn, its crucial to develop a meaningful working- and learning environment. For this we as SOL created the Learning Practice Teams approach.

Team learning

==> step 2 Change from Within

The second step in your route to a (more) Learning Culture is via team learning. The Learning Practice Teams methodology is developed in 2009 by Evrim Calkavur (SOL Turkey). It is a method that has proven itself in practice with teams where working and learning become one!


Evrim was inspired by the 5 disciplines of a learning organization developed by Peter Senge (the 5'th Discipline). In her methodology these learning disciplines are constantly used during the working- and learning process of teams.

The Problem:

How to solve wicked problems or to achieve innovative ambitions in a structured and learning way? These are major challenges for most organizations.

The SOLution:

With Learning Practice Teams you realize a proven methodology where the focus is on the (learning) process with the potential to become the internal team learning standard.

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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.

Learning Practice Teams

The Learning Practice Teams methodology is developed 11 years ago by Evrim Calkavur (SOL Turkey). It is a method that has proven itself in practice where working and learning become one. 

Realizing the first Learning Practice Teams is the most difficult. We compare this method with growing the first water lilies in a ditch. Not easy! But, when the first water lilies take root, the complete ditch will be full in no time.

Wicket problem or ambition: A meaningful problem, ambition or assignment is central and it takes a team 4 to 8 months to solve it. This problem or ambition has the full attention and support of the management of the company.

We use the 5 disciplines of a learning organization at every step.

  1. Team learning: In a 3 days session the team works on the question of how to combine results and learning:
    1. Results: Which objectives do we want to achieve and why?
    2. Learning: How do we do this in a learning way so that we ourselves grow as a person, as a team and as an organization?
  2. Personal Mastery: The team is multidisciplinary in character. The project has to 'fly' and is led by two people (Pilot & co-pilot). Each team member makes a strenght finder test (talents) and names his or her personal learning goals.
  3. Shared vision: We start with the description of a shared vision on the end result and the learning way in which this is achieved with all team members. In between results are evaluated/tested by this shared vision.
  4. System thinking: With the help of a systemic view of the whole, we gain a better understanding of the underlying problem, ambition or task (ladder of inference, cause and effect diagram etc.).
  5. Mental models: Looking for the (value of the) solutions via internal / external networks, customers, suppliers, etc. (including deep dives / power of the people / Mastermind). This is based on mental models (how do we / others view this problem and the solution?).

Action: active testing in practice / apply the chosen solution direction (start-up method / prototyping / testing the value proposition).

Sustainable results
: implement the solution and capture what has been learned for the organization. In addition, promoting the growth of individual team members to become a pilot or co-pilot (for the creation of new water lilies). If you want to read more about this methodology, read the case story, written by Evrim Calkavur.

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POWER OF SIMPLICITY

POWER OF COMMUNITY

POWER OF THE SYSTEM

Power within

Learning Practice Teams

Make use of 5 fables of the learning organization

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

Systemic tools

Water Lilly concept


Learning Practice Teams

  1. Power of Simplicity: With SOL NL we use 5 fables to explain the fundaments of the learning organization (Duurzaam Leren). These 5 Disciplines of a learning organization (Peter Senge) are constantly used to let the team grow in its learning and understanding.
  2. Power of Community: In the Learning Practice Teams working and learning are one. We constantly invite internal/external professionals, customers, experts etc. to work with the team on the solutions.
  3. Power of the System: In these working- and learning sessions a lot of the systemic tools can be used such as the ladder of inference (the thinking proces we go trough) and the cause-effect causal loops.
  4. Power Within: The Learning Practice Teams concept has proven itself many times in practice. We compare this method with growing the first water lilies in a ditch. Not easy! But, when the first water lilies take root, the complete ditch will be full in no time. If you want to read more about this method, you can check out the website of SOL NL.



Realizing the first Learning Practice Teams is the most difficult. 

We compare this method with growing the first water lilies in a ditch. Not easy! But, when the first water lilies take root, the complete ditch will be full in no time.

Patrick Bijman

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