How can today's nonprofits demonstrate effective use of funds?
How can they motivate employees and volunteers and combat burnout and high turnover?
How can they ensure that they are performing in accordance with their mission and purpose?
Author Stephen J. Gill answers these questions and more in Developing a Learning Culture in Nonprofit Organizations. Filled with practical tips and tools, the book shows students and managers of human services, arts, education, civic, and environmental agencies how to implement a learning culture with individuals, teams, the organization as a whole, and the larger community.
Draws on the author's more than 25 years of consulting experience; Demonstrates how to create a culture of intentional learning that uses reflection and feedback, focuses on successes and failures, and builds a strong organization that motivates employees and volunteers; Offers specific, hands-on tools for each level of the organization, from the individual and team to the whole organization and the community; Discusses not only the need for a learning culture but also the barriers that may stand in the way; Takes a step-by-step approach that facilitates managers and students' understanding and learning; Incorporates practical tools that can be used in nonprofit management and in actual field instruction
Developing a Learning Culture in Nonprofit Organizations is appropriate for courses in Social Work Evaluation, Public and Nonprofit Management, and Evaluation.
Chapter 4: Individual Learning
We now accept the fact that learning is a lifelong process of keeping abreast of change. And the most pressing task is to teach people how to learn.
A learning culture is an environment in which individual learning, team learning, whole organization learning, and community learning are nurtured. This chapter is an exploration of the first level of learning in that culture—individual learning. Learning at this level is the foundation for collective learning that occurs in high-performing teams and high-performing organizations.
Definition of Learning at the Individual Level
Learning at the individual level in an organization occurs when a person acquires new knowledge, skills, attitudes, and beliefs that change the way that person perceives the world, understands information, and performs on the job, and ...