Who Should Lead a Learning Organization?

Why are organizational leaders so stuck in the notion that leading a learning organization requires no knowledge of learning?  Either the individual can’t lead and can’t be terminated (“those who can, do…those who can’t, teach” mentality) or they believe that the individual is so good that a short stint in the training department will propel them to greatness.  Then someone else comes in, then someone else…each time starting from scratch because, of course, the new guy knows better.  Look, there goes the competition passing us by as we re-do stuff.

Or, is the right strategy to place a leader in the organization who knows the business AND knows learning.  What an opportunity to separate your business from the competition!!!

So, if it’s so clear, why has this scenario not been made into reality more often?

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