The experience of working in learning teams can be applicable, even beneficial, to the workplace. The concept of a ‘systems’ way of thinking, as opposed to the ‘individual parts’ way of thinking, will help streamline the processes in the workplace. It will be beneficial for the professional organization to think that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. A learning team teaches a few individuals, having a specialized focus or expertise of their own, to deliver results more effectively and at shorter lead time. Taking advantage of the people’s exposure on such experience is beneficial to any organizational structure.
The experience of working in learning teams harnesses the capability to find the commonality among members of the team that can address certain issues and deliver certain tasks. The team establishes a common goal among its members, strictly aligned with the overall goals and objectives of the professional organization. A common purpose brings about a common cause. The group is the focus, not individual interests. It is based on mutual respect and open, honest and direct communication among all members of the team.
The old ‘study group’ mentality can now be applied into the new ‘focus group’ or ‘impact group’ at the office. For example, a multi-level and multi-cultural team that is also cross-functional can develop pertinent strategies and tactics that can produce successful outcomes. Successful professional organizations, especially those audited by ISO, have realized that the implementation of the learning team concept adds business value to the organization.
Another proof that a learning team or impact group can be beneficial at the workplace is when team members, representing the different levels and racial backgrounds of the office population, tackles a professional issue or challenge across the board making use of their unique individualities and respective personal experiences while filtering solutions that are aimed towards unifying the cause. The commonality among the members of the group makes it a more discerning process, as well as a stronger voice.