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Chapter 2 | Barriers to a Learning Culture

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Barriers to a Learning Culture

Telling the truth to people who may not want to hear it is, after all, the chief purpose of evaluation.

EleanorChelimsky

Significant barriers stand in the way of learning in organizations. These barriers are manifested in subtle and not-so-subtle resistance to creating a culture of learning. If you want to be successful over the long term, you have no choice but to face these barriers and overcome them. Barriers to a learning culture are examined in some depth in this chapter:

  • Program focus
  • Limited resources
  • Work-learning dichotomy
  • Passive leadership
  • Nonlearning culture
  • Resistance to change
  • Not discussing the undiscussable
  • Need for control
  • Focus on short-term, simple solutions
  • Skilled incompetence
  • Blame, not gain language
Program Focus

One barrier to developing a learning culture is that the attention of staff and volunteers is usually on program delivery, ...

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