…You have to study them and discover them to really understand.
In double-loop learning, the individual must question the assumptions he is operating under when making decisions.
When studying organizational culture, the change agent must question and discover the assumptions underlying the culture to really understand what is going on.
In order to really learn, to really understand the world around us, we must continually question the assumptions that we operate under. Often they are outdated, incorrect, and just plain wrong. So if that is the case, then how can you make correct decisions, especially those of critical importance? One must understand, question, and validate their operating assumptions when making decisions within the organization. Even the organization as a whole, when looking at its operations and strategy, must question their assumptions concerning the economy and marketplace in order to make a wise decision.
There’s a reason that old saying has become a part of our language.