"Team learning is vital because teams, not individuals, are the fundamental learning unit in an organization. This is where the rubber meets the road; unless teams can learn, the organization cannot learn."
Team learning is a collaborative process designed for a team's specific context. Team members collectively expand their knowledge and capabilities by sharing insights, experiences, and lessons learned through focused, frank, and inclusive discussion. Teams can have different learning routines, but any team learning routine involves open communication, mutual respect, and a willingness to constructively challenge each other's ideas.
The process helps teams develop a shared understanding of their goals, roles, and the environment in which they operate, leading to improved performance and outcomes. By keeping the teams focused on always creating a climate for team learning, team members, through their behaviors, encourage the exchange of knowledge and ideas amongst the team, which becomes a catalyst for the generation of new knowledge and innovation.
Team learning can be formal or informal. It can happen in the flow of work or through deliberately designed team learning experiences - it is a flexible and adaptive process that can lead to elevated performance and positive business outcomes when leveraged. Teams learn to be great through team learning routines and experiences.