This article explores the proposition that a common outcome of the ongoing contact between the individual and the work organization is a gradual, but inexorable loss of the individual's spirit. Can work organizations embrace models and paradigms that address and challenge this phenomenon?

To answer this question, groups and teams in the workplace will be defined and differentiated. Senge's concepts of the “learning organization” and “team learning” will be introduced, and Gestalt therapy theory as applied to teaching and learning will be reviewed. The article concludes by applying the concept of learning organization to the university classroom and specific leadership and teaching approaches that can serve to create this type of organization.

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