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The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization


Peter M. Senge



0385517823
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Format: Hardcover, 464pp.
ISBN: 9780385517829
Publisher: Currency Doubleday Books
Pub. Date: March 21, 2006

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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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"Forget your old, tired ideas about leadership. The most successful corporation of the 1990s will be something called a learning organization."
Fortune Magazine


 

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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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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Revised Edition xi
PART I   HOW OUR ACTIONS CREATE OUR REALITY... AND HOW WE CAN CHANGE IT
1 "Give Me a Lever Long Enough . . . and Single-Handed I Can Move the World" 3
2 Does Your Organization Have a Learning Disability? 17
3 Prisoners of the System, or Prisoners of Our Own Thinking? 27
PART II   THE FIFTH DISCIPLINE: THE CORNERSTONE OF THE LEARNING ORGANIZATION
4 The Laws of the Fifth Discipline 57
5 A Shift of Mind 68
6 Nature's Templates: Identifying the Patterns That Control Events 92
7 Self-Limiting or Self-Sustaining Growth 113
PART III   THE CORE DISCIPLINES: BUILDING THE LEARNING ORGANIZATION
8 Personal Mastery 139
9 Mental Models 163
10 Shared Vision 191
11 Team Learning 216
PART IV   REFLECTIONS FROM PRACTICE
12 Foundations 258
13 Impetus 272
14 Strategies 283
15 The Leader's New Work317
16 Systems Citizens341
17 Frontiers363
PART V   CODA
19 The Indivisible Whole 379
Appendix l: The Learning Disciplines 383
Appendix 2: Systems Archetypes 389
Appendix 3: The U Process 401
Notes 405
Acknowledgments 425
Acknowledgments for Revised Edition 429
Index 431



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