The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook: Strategies and Tools for Building a Learning Organization

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Peter M. Senge
Currency, Doubleday, 1994 - Business & Economics - 593 pages
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From the bestselling author of The Fifth Discipline and his colleagues comes a step-by-step guide on how to build a learning organization in your own company. This participative book offers tools, techniques, exercises, ideas and stories to help put Senge's revolutionary theories into practice.

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Senge, a worldwide leader in learning organizations, has "translated" his benchmark The Fifth Discipline into a user-friendly "how to" manual for organizational leaders. This work presents a full range of tools which may assist leaders in creating learning organizations. Several tools are particularly designed to solve complex problems: e.g., left-hand column (1994, p. 246).
Tools like this and others can show that we can examine and assess our own thinking. Another tool is the ladder of inference in which we put the brakes on and ask what are the relevant assumptions, observable data, and particular meaning (p. 245). More comprehensively, Senge's introductory essay provides an excellent overview of the process. He talks about the linkage between learning and measurement of the desired effects. ""Time periods for measurement must be congruent with the gestation period of the learning'" (p. 45).
There is an inherent desire for humans to learn, experiment, and improve. Senge reminds us that how we think influences how we behave and therefore how organizations can improve (p. 31). His currency is cultural change--specifically, self-initiated alterations in values, attitudes, and beliefs (p. 20). Senge observes that the integration of theories, methods, and tools inevitably and synergistically "builds knowledge" (p. 28). To achieve an climate in which people can feel comfortable enough to engage in fruitful dialogue, they must first establish a culture of listening (p. 20). Interesting and very important.

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The phrase "shared mental models" has become a cornerstone in my approach to teamwork. Read full review



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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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