Society for Organizational Learning, North America (SOL)

Society for Organizational Learning, North America (SOL)

Since its inception in 1997, the Society for Organizational Learning North America has worked with hundreds of teams and organizations to help them achieve their aspirations, and as equally important, their business results. The Society for Organizational Learning North America has become a partner of choice for many multinational for-profit and non-profit organizations as well as government agencies, in particular because of our holistic approach to the five disciplines of organizational learning.

Company details

PO Box 131 , North Andover , Massachusetts 01845 USA
View in map

Find locations served, office locations, manufacturers and our distributors.

Business Type:
Nonprofit organization (NPO)
Industry Type:
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)
Year Founded:

Specifically, the Society for Organizational Learning North America has distinguished itself from other providers as we:

  • Build capacity, not dependency, for effective action in individuals, teams, and organizations in a way that is self-sustaining, replicable, and continuously evolving.
  • Co-create learning processes with our clients that are grounded in real work and that help the clients develop new ways of thinking and acting over time.
  • Provide a thoroughly tested set of concepts, tools, methods, and processes that enable, accelerate, and diffuse learning to ensure breakthrough results.

Our leadership workshops offer personal transformation and reflection on your place in the world.  The Society for Organizational Learning North America is a Massachusetts based nonprofit founded in 1997. The Society for Organizational Learning North America facilitates connections between organizations, businesses, and individuals through organizational learning. We aspire to connect people with the tools and community support they need to tackle today’s complex and evolving issues. We foster and maintain a reflective and action-oriented learning environment.

The Society for Organizational Learning North America, a leader in organizational learning and leadership workshops, offers several different programs throughout the year, but also encourages organizations to collaborate with our trainers to develop custom programs.

For 20 years, our team of world renowned trainers have been committed to helping companies become “learning organizations” which continually transform themselves. Understanding that your organization is a living system and that it may be operating with mental models which have grown obsolete is key to achieving your goals; organizations need the ability to perceive changes in order to successfully adjust and adapt.

We help participants better understand themselves as leaders, seek guidance to discover their organization’s core value, and/or further explore the concepts of organizational learning. We welcome deep thinkers to explore new ideas, leave motivated to make the world a better place, and connect with the “why” in others.

  • Desire
    Everyone is born with an innate, lifelong desire to learn. An organization that can harness humankind’s curiosity and passion for knowledge will change the world.
  • Connect
    Learning is fundamentally social. Connecting with a wider community provides perspective and insight unavailable to the individual.
  • Community
    The capacities and accomplishments of organizations are inseparable from, and dependent on, the capacities of the learning communities which they foster.
  • Collaborate
    Learning communities that connect multiple organizations and link across cultural and generational boundaries can significantly enhance their capacity for profound systemic change.
  • Health
    An open and healthy social system is essential in creating learning communities that will affect real change and promote high levels of social well being.
  • Tools
    Developing individual and collective tools can allow us understand complex, interdependent issues; engage in reflective conversation; nurture shared aspirations; and learn through experimentation and correction.
  • Nature
    It is essential that we evolve to be in harmony with human nature and the natural world.
  • Impact
    We aim to create practical, real world results that will change our world – leading to healthier social and eco systems.

The Core Competencies of Organizational Learning

What turns you on? What are people really passionate about? Organizational learning gives you the tools to answer these questions through personal and organizational transformation. When you are able to see the structures that impact the way people think and see, you uncover their passions and discover what drives you.

Shared Vision and Personal Mastery are the base of the leg of Aspiration. Personal mastery helps people develop a coherent picture of desired results by balancing the tension between their vision and their reality. Through shared vision people learn to nourish a sense of commitment in a group by developing shared images of the future they seek to create, and the practices by which they hope to get there. Mastering these two disciplines allows groups and individuals to shift from a reactionary mindset to a creative mindset.

Mental Models and Team Learning are the base of the leg of Working Collaboratively. Mental Models is focused around developing awareness of the attitudes and perceptions that influence thought and interaction. Team Learning transforms a group’s collective thinking, teaching them to mobilize their energies and ability greater than the sum of individual members’ talents. Upon mastering these disciplines, individuals will shift from knowing to learning.

The third leg of Dealing with Complexity is based on Systems Thinking. In this discipline people learn to better understand interdependency and change. Through the tools of this discipline people see how to change systems more effectively, and how to act more in tune with the larger processes of the natural and economic world. With mastery in Systems Thinking people will see connections instead of parts and shift from blaming to understanding.

Understanding the five core competencies of organizational learning will help you and your team better understand yourselves and each other, learn what really drives you, and overcome the challenges in front of you.