The Fifth Discipline

THE FIFTH DISCIPLINE: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization

By Peter Senge

In today’s increasingly dynamic and complex world, an organization’s ability to learn and renew itself is a sustainable competitive advantage. This book explains what is a “learning organization”, and why it’s a potentially better model for: managing and leading change, building adaptive organizations, and improving performance and happiness in the workforce.

In this summary, you’ll learn:
• The blueprint for building a Learning Organization with the 5 Learning Disciplines and the 7 Learning Disabilities;
• How to accelerate learning and see both the forest and the trees with systems thinking;
• The elements of personal mastery and how to develop it in your organization;
• How (unconscious) mental models are affecting people in your organization and what you can do about it;
• How to build shared vision and enroll people to that vision; and
• The power of team learning and how to foster that in your organization.

Who should read this:
• CEOs and Business Owners
• Leaders, Managers, Human Resource Executives, Coaches and Consultants
• Anyone interested to build a dynamic and constantly-evolving learning organization

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3 reviews for The Fifth Discipline

  1. Jack Vinson

    This book isn’t so much a knowledge management book as a tome on management philosophy. Senge has a lot of great ideas and thoughts throughout the book. There is the concept of leaders advocating vs. inquiring. The “what I say vs. what I do” idea of Espoused vs. In-use theories. The heart of the book is centered on five characteristics (disciplines) that organizations need in order to move into the next level of quality and competition. [Review from Goodreads]

  2. Jenny Zhou

    Giving it 5 stars due to a lot of wisdom/gems that helped me better understand my own organization and where we had significant learning disabilities. I read this two years ago and liked it, read it now and saw different insights, and imagine I’ll have additional takeaways when observing my next organization. The book does a tremendous job uncovering why many organizations have trouble seeing the reality/system and how traditional managers of the “command/control/plan” school of thought are going to run their orgs into the ground in a business environment that is increasingly complex and must leverage the shared insights and knowledge from people at all levels of the organization. [Review from Goodreads]

  3. Abraham

    Rarely would I use this term to describe anything but the good book itself but here goes…”this book is the bible for any leader/manager”…organizational design is an art and a science and needs constant innovation and more books like this one to help keep driving it forward until we can unlock the true secrets. [Review from Goodreads]

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