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Polly Kurtz: Learning

Posted By Polly Kurtz, MBA, Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Polly Kurtz: Learning

In my first few months of exposure to CFHA, I’ve spent a great deal of time learning about the organization. Before applying to be CFHA’s Executive Director, I engaged in the predictable process of looking through the website, learning about the mission, history, board and committees.

Soon after being selected, I spent time with staff, a few members and the board, listening to their experiences and ideas as I learned about their vision for the organization, for themselves, and for the future of healthcare. Even my late night reading is occasionally spent perusing past issues of FSH in an attempt to learn more about collaborative care.

Although far from over, I believe my recent learning as helped me synthesize the beginnings of one potential conclusion: CFHA is a "Learning Organization”. As defined by Peter Senge, learning organizations are

"…organizations where people continually expand their capacity to create the results they truly desire, where new and expansive patterns of thinking are nurtured, where collective aspiration is set free, and where people are continually learning to see the whole together.”

This single sentence captures the heart of CFHA.

But then again, I’m still learning. And delighted to be a part of an organization that seems to be doing the same thing.

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