Learning Lab Opportunities

By: Mha Institute  09-12-2011

A learning lab has two elements: time to practice, and a safe place devoted to learning through action. In a learning lab, you explore real-life issues and develop solutions for these issues. And you test the solutions to find out whether or not they work — all in the safety of a learning lab. There are others in the learning lab who support you by asking fresh questions that bring your assumptions to the surface. Once you've tested your solutions, you can find out which ones work better, and why. This is the way that high-performing individuals mine their experiences for outstanding results.

Because we're testing new approaches, your level of involvement in the design is very high. Everyone involved in the learning lab works closely with MHA consultants to design, test, evaluate, re-design, re-test, and re-evaluate all aspects of the learning lab process. We also gather research information for publication, as well as for the organization and people involved.

"In sports and in the performing arts, two settings where teams consistently enhance their capabilities, players move regularly between a practice field and the real game, between rehearsal and performance. It is impossible to imagine a basketball team learning without rehearsal and performance. Yet, that is exactly what we expect to occur in our organizations. We expect people to learn when the costs of failure are high, when personal threat is great, when there is no opportunity to replay an important decision, and when there is no way to simplify complexity and shorten time delays so as to better understand the consequences of actions. Is it any wonder that learning in organizations is rare?"

, The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook, 1994

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