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Cultivating Communities
of Practice


Communities of practice create multiple kinds of value. For the individuals that participate, they improve the experience of work in the short term and help professional development in the long run. For organizations, they improve business and learning outcomes in the short term and develop organizational capabilities in the long run.


When an organization needs to bolster organizational learning along with individual and team capabilities, they can employ communities of practice to accelerate learning. Communities of practice are groups of individuals interacting and working together to learn more about a specific topic. They come together around common interests and expertise and create, share, and apply knowledge within and across teams and organizations. Communities of practice impact culture and help it evolve. The good news is that they can be intentionally cultivated and managed.


Sierra Learning Solutions can help you design, launch, develop, and cultivate communities of practice based on your goals and interests. We follow sound principles to help communities of practice support culture change in your organization.

  • Expeditionary Strategy Crafting
    Applying design thinking to strategy crafting brings new tools to a critical organizational need and requires four stages in the design process. These distinct but highly interdependent stages provide a sound foundation for a large variety of possible planning tools and experiences. Often lasting three to twelve months or more, what results is a clear roadmap for implementation and a fully engaged organization.
  • Problem-Based Design
    When a clear, or even hazy, problem is the center of the task at hand, we employ our six-stage innovation approach that includes collaborative design; discovery and assessment; divergent thinking and ideation; convergent planning, selecting; prototyping; and implementation, tracking, and adjusting course.
  • Traditional Strategic Planning
    We customize solutions to meet each client’s needs by drawing on proven approaches from long-range scenario planning, to action planning, to designing competitive advantage.
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