May 8, 2012
Written by Bloomfire Admin
What is a bloomfire?
(blüm⋅fi(-ə)r) – noun
- A catalyst which ignites a desire to consume knowledge for one’s good
- The rapid development of a person or group
- A source of light and knowledge
- Recently someone brought to my attention the fire triangle used by practitioners of firefighting for understanding the ingredients necessary for most fires. The fire triangle illustrates the rule that in order to ignite and burn, a fire requires three elements: heat, fuel, and oxygen. The fire can be prevented or extinguished by removing any one of the three ingredients.
- Organization learning is very similar in composition to that of a fire. Learning in the workplace doesn’t just spontaneously happen just as fuel doesn’t spontaneously combust. Three ingredients must come together to ignite action.Without sufficient oxygen, a fire cannot begin, and it cannot continue.
Without sufficient heat, a fire cannot begin, and it cannot continue.
Without fuel, a fire will stop.
Organizational need is what creates an environment for the learning to be necessary and relevant. People don’t want to learn just for the sake of learning. People are instinctively motivated to learn when there is something to stick it to. Without an organizational need, learning cannot begin or continue.The fuel is the desire to learn. This starts with an individual. Without a desire to learn, learning will stop.
Leadership support is a necessary ingredient in learning. If an individual does not feel that growth will be rewarded or appreciated, they are unlikely to take the steps for growth. Without sufficient leadership support, learning cannot begin and cannot continue.
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