And I still think these things....
October 23, 2007
1) I think that corporate culture (in general) DISCOURAGES the development of reflexive learners (platitudes to the contrary).
those of us working in corporate environments, the stress is on DOING
stuff (or, at least, APPEARING to DO stuff) rather than
thinking/reflecting/planning/anything that requires NOT ACTING
Evidence of reflective learning looks
suspiciously like goofing off.... Yes, I am writing, but I'm not writing
a step-by-step guide on how to schedule a patient. I'm writing about
how do teach that better. Why is that important when our old way works
just as well (never mind the phone calls from folks who didn't
understand the material in the first place)? Therefore, I am goofing
2) I think that encouraging an organization requires serious culture change for most of us.
for those working in corporate environments. How many times have you
been faced with a student / students who say point blank "just tell me
how to do it!" You tell them, then they call you back the same day
accusing you of not "teaching" them because you just told them how to do
it? Is it just me?!?!?!?
There has to be some way to nudge / cajole / wheedle / bribe an
organization into at least allowing reflexive thinking practices - or,
at least, not actively preventing them, at ALL levels of an
Whenever I've seen reflexive thinking in an
organization, it is at the highest levels and/or within individual,
isolated pockets of rebellion. Hmmm...maybe if we bridge those pockets somehow......
4) The only way I can think of starting (as Tom said) is to model the behavior as best I can.
only truly have control over my own actions, right? At least, more
control over my own actions than over others (over which I may have
persuasive ability, but no actual control).
The only other thing I can think of doing is to encourage this radical
behavior one individual (or really open group) at a time. Just
like we are doing amongst each other in this little corner of the
blogosphere. Enough individuals and we have tipping point, right?