The key to growth in a learning organization is the up-skilling of both those people responsible for the facilitation of learning and those people responsible for growing learning organizations.
As a growing cell is an active cell, a cell standing still is already beginning a process of decline. If it has the quality and environment to do so, a virus will grow and continue to replicate itself many times over.
The point in which things stop growing is the end of a first phase of transformation, beginning to end. The organization is continually in a process of seeking growth. It will do so through the pursuit of quality and/or the pursuit of replication. However, one cannot exist without the other in order for an organisation to reach its ultimate potential.
We can thus look at growth through replication as such… the rate of new students, the number advancing in rank, the number of new teachers ie black belts and the number of new classes and Schools.
When we consider quality as the strength and binding principle we consider achievement principles such as standard of pass, and degree of tournament achievement, instructors courses, and all principles designed to increase quality. These elements are those that give the meaning, the differential from the normality, an element that stands in addition to the training. It is with these key action events that growth is sparked into life. They are like a shot of adrenalin that fires everything into life with new intensity and purpose.
Replication is an exponential increasing mechanism. Its potential relies upon reaching critical mass. Thus areas of condensed population will experience rapid degrees of growth if they can reach critical mass and maintain the required level of quality. They will continue to grow and consume and upon reaching their potential transform for a new era of growth. This is symbolic of the regions of the North.
Regions of low maturity have the biggest potential for rapid growth. They have potential for rapid growth because they have not reached the slowing factor of critical mass. Their size will expand rapidly as they seek to reach a new phase for transformation. Their delayed maturity is partly due to reduced population density, lower up-skilled learning facilitators and fewer people responsible for growing organizations.
Growth can be stimulated and the hope of critical mass kept alive through the facilitation of key action events. These are the life-blood of the geographically isolated and diverse region.
The same growth method cannot be applied to every region. As some regions are mature and others are earlier in their development, each needs their own method applied. For example, it takes less watering to sustain a mature garden than it does to foster new growth and sustain its apatite. The early maturity regions require a great allocation of key action events to stimulate and sustain growth. Where a region has substantial geographical disparity it is even more essential that key action events are available to the membership or their effect will be diluted or not felt at all. Ultimately, devoid of key action events a cell stands still, inactive, already considering a process of decline, or perhaps poised waiting, about to be shocked into action.