Work groups are the fundamental building blocks of organizations.
Work groups comprise a work-group leader and work-group members. Rensis Likert introduced the “linking pin” concept: an individual with overlapping work-group membership (New Patterns of Management. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1961).
This simple construct–the work group–is the locus of Learn-Do-Teach-Lead (LDTL) theory and practice.
Within the work group, LTDL practice can start immediately with little or no cost or risk. A work-group leader can initiate the effort through purposeful interactions with a work-group member. The promise of rapid impact is high.
I seek to awaken within all work-group members an awareness that learning, growth, and development are individual responsibilities which, once accepted by each work-group member, tend to flourish in an environment that uses improving the task-at-hand as the primary motivator, provides easy access to readily available learning resources, calls upon guidance from those with experience and insight, and recognizes and rewards a “Learn-Do-Teach-Lead” leadership practice.