ave you ever thought of why companies like Apple, Microsoft, and Xerox are great companies and why they have sustained excellence over the years? Or why some countries like Finland, Norway, and Denmark have some of the best public services globally, keeping them at the top of the world happiness index for decades? And why some individuals are achieving better results than others?
It is LEARNING. Learning is the only sustainable competitive and collaborative advantage that an individual, an organisation or a government can have. Without learning, we repeat our mistakes and become worse, but we find solutions to our fundamental problems with learning. If we can learn effectively and apply what we learn, we will become better in every aspect. Individuals will unleash their potential and accomplish what they aspire to. Organisations will realise their visions and accomplish their strategic objectives; government agencies will satisfy their customers and improve the quality of life; ultimately, we will have a life-long learning nation.
Developed by Alaa Garad and Jeff Gold, the Learning Driven-Organisation model is a research-backed model that answers the most challenging questions about performance improvement, excellence, resilience and sustainability. The Learning-Driven Organization Model [LDO] comprises three subsystems and covers all the three levels of learning: Individual, Team and Organization-wide. The model caters for eight stakeholders, offers more than 46 advantages to organisations and their stakeholders, and is informed by evidence from research and builds on a review of an enormous number of documents, records, manuals, emails, and guidelines (over 3,000 artefacts).
In this interactive session, Alaa will showcase the model with specific examples and success stories. You will be invited to engage in activities to experience some of the OL mechanisms presented in the model.
Alaa will cover the following points:
- Why is learning very important?
- What organisational learning is and how it links with excellence models, e.g. EFQM.
- How learning can improve individuals, teams and organisational performance.
- How the learning-driven organisation model (LDO) can solve complex problems.
Dr Alaa Garad is regarded by many as a leading authority in Quality Management and Organisational Learning. His interest is in the use of learning mechanisms on individual, organisation, and government levels. Alaa is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce and Certified Management and Business Educator from the Chartered Association of Business Schools, UK.
He is an Associate Professor of Strategic Quality Management at the University of Portsmouth, the UK, and ISO Technical Committee TC260. Alaa successfully creates, implements, and refines long-term strategies, focused on collaborative partnerships, performance management, futures foresight, and investing in people. He is acknowledged for programmes and processes developed to improve efficiency, profitability, competitive positioning across all organisational levels.