The Story of the Blind Men and the Elephant: We will talk about learning organizations and we will use this parable as a metaphor for the learning process in complex organizations.
Originated in India, this is an age old story of a group of blind men, who have never come across an elephant before, and who learn and conceptualize what the elephant is like by touching it. They described the elephant based on their partial experience and their descriptions are in complete disagreement with one another and with what an elephant is.
You remember it, don’t you?
In the modern version of the story the elephant becomes the company and the blind men are now the departments of the company, who, as the blind men of the original story, see the organization only from the perspective of their own activity.
Rather scary, don’t you think?
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