Since the look and feel of Emergent Learning disciplines varies widely
to match an organization’s needs and culture, the best way to understand
them is through examples of real-world challenges and solutions:
A new Director knew it was time for a change in the
core strategies of her group. But there was a lot of momentum for doing
things the old way. So she set aside a day to change gears. The transition
day began with a analysis of the past and preview of the future in terms
of specific success criteria. To facilitate clear and aligned thinking,
the team created a whole-room walkthrough of an EL Map’s quadrants using wall charts, making their past
and future challenges clear. As they engaged in this immersion, the group
saw the need for change clearly and grasped their leader's vision of the
opportunities and change in strategy going forward.
Now mobilized, they used their EL Map’s timeline to try on and walk
through the complete sequence of tactics that would take them through
this challenging re-invention. The group drew on its collective experience
to fill in gaps, validated the leader's hypotheses, and committed to key
actions and transition roles.
Finally, they built real-time dashboards to keep key
data flows visible and built a simple AAR
format into their regular planning meetings to assure staying on track.