The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization

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Crown Publishing Group, Mar 31, 2010 - Business & Economics - 464 pages
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Completely Updated and Revised

This revised edition of Peter Senge’s bestselling classic, The Fifth Discipline, is based on fifteen years of experience in putting the book’s ideas into practice. As Senge makes clear, in the long run the only sustainable competitive advantage is your organization’s ability to learn faster than the competition. The leadership stories in the book demonstrate the many ways that the core ideas in The Fifth Discipline, many of which seemed radical when first published in 1990, have become deeply integrated into people’s ways of seeing the world and their managerial practices.

In The Fifth Discipline, Senge describes how companies can rid themselves of the learning “disabilities” that threaten their productivity and success by adopting the strategies of learning organizations—ones in which new and expansive patterns of thinking are nurtured, collective aspiration is set free, and people are continually learning how to create results they truly desire.

The updated and revised Currency edition of this business classic contains over one hundred pages of new material based on interviews with dozens of practitioners at companies like BP, Unilever, Intel, Ford, HP, Saudi Aramco, and organizations like Roca, Oxfam, and The World Bank. It features a new Foreword about the success Peter Senge has achieved with learning organizations since the book’s inception, as well as new chapters on Impetus (getting started), Strategies, Leaders’ New Work, Systems Citizens, and Frontiers for the Future.

Mastering the disciplines Senge outlines in the book will:

• Reignite the spark of genuine learning driven by people focused on what truly matters to them
• Bridge teamwork into macro-creativity
• Free you of confining assumptions and mindsets
• Teach you to see the forest and the trees
• End the struggle between work and personal time



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Fantastic insight to SD. It just lacks the maths. - Goodreads
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As an educational book, I didn't find this to bad. - Goodreads
This book uses clear prose to explain systems design. - Goodreads
An excellent introduction to system thinking. - Goodreads
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Idea good but too long and not written well (to me). It could be one third of its lenght Read full review

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This is one of the best books I've ever read and has done more to change the way I think and act (both in my life and in my career) than almost any other book. This is the bible of systems thinking ... Read full review

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Contents

Give Me a Lever Long Enough and SingleHanded
12
Does Your Organization Have a Learning Disability?
19
Prisoners of the System or Prisoners of Our Own Thinking?
29
PART II
44
THE CORNERSTONE
55
A Shift of Mind
69
Identifying the Patterns That
115
Personal Mastery
131
Impetus
272
Strategies
283
The Leaders New Work
317
Systems Citizens
341
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363
The Indivisible Whole
379
Systems Archetypes
389
The U Process
401

3
153
Shared Vision
191
Team Learning
216
PART IV
223
Foundations
258
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407
Mental Models
413
Acknowledgments
425
Index
431
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PETER M. SENGE is the founding chairperson of the Society for Organizational Learning and a senior lecturer at MIT. He is the co-author of The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook, The Dance of Change, and Schools That Learn (part of the Fifth Discipline Fieldbook series) and has lectured extensively throughout the world. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


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