What would a learning organisation look like if the people inside the organisation did not learn? This is the question that GL asked itself three years ago when we began this annual reflection exercise. Like any form of writing, the Learning Journey often meets – at least initially – with the resistance of another task, another deliverable. Yet after the writing is done, many staff attest to the power of reflection as part of growth.

One staff member remarked that as GL we have invented and honed the art of “I” Stories – first hand accounts of difficult experiences – and popularised the concept of “healing through writing.” The Learning Journey is GL’s own “healing through writing.” Once a year we relive the high points and the low points. We ask what these have taught us. We build these into organisational learning. Each year, the journey probes a little deeper into our experiences. This year we deliberately sought to share our mistakes and probe what these have taught us. We make the point that to err is human, but to fail to learn is costly and stifling to personal development.

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