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The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook: Strategies and Tools for Building a Learning Organization Paperback – June 20, 1994
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The learning organization - Senge's vision for the productive, competitive, and efficient institutions of the future - is in a continuous state of change. Four fundamental questions continuously serve to check and guide a group's learning and improvement (see page 49): (1) Do you continuously test your experiences? ("Are you willing to examine and challenge your sacred cows - not just during crises, but in good times?") (2) Are you producing knowledge? ("Knowledge, in this case, means the capacity for effective action.") (3) Is knowledge shared? ("Is it accessible to all of the organization's members?") (4) Is the learning relevant? ("Is this learning aimed at the organization's core purpose?") If these questions represent the organization's compass, the five disciplines are its map.Read more ›
The Book is a collaboration of several writers who do a superb job of unraveling the web that is the learning organization. At times, it may seem to the reader that the book is a labyrinth of disjointed concepts and ideas. However, if you have read `The Fifth Discipline' you will find no problems following the concepts introduced. In fact, you will even understand why the writers have chosen to introduce them in that fashion. If you have not read "The Fifth Discipline', do not despair, it will take a little longer to get `the whole picture'.
The Book is divided into 8 main sections:
1) Getting Started addresses the basic concepts and ideas of the Learning Organization.
2) Systems Thinking (the fifth discipline) - Many people have argued that Senge should have delegated the fifth discipline until the end, however, without Systems Thinking, your vision is disjointed and incomplete.
3) Personal Mastery covers the area of individual development and learning. The chapters here are among the most valuable in the area of self-growth and self-improvement.
4) Mental Models - These are the pictures that you have in your head which represent reality.
5) Shared Vision - You've seen the whole picture, you've developed and you understand how you see the world. Now you need to find a common cause with the rest of the people in your organization, something that you all work for.
6) Team Learning - As you work with other people in teams or groups, you need to pass the stuff that you have learnt and the wisdom you've acquired to others.Read more ›
In fact, these physical details model the whole point of the book--that learning is essential for sustainable growth, for organizational and personal development.
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This is a wonderful book to create change in any system, whether it be your family, community or the organization your a part of.Published 5 months ago by Tracy D.
Great examples, very logical and valuable lessons.
Not very well written though.
the physical condition of the book was great. the content was stupid and utterly worthless commonsense jargon.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
A hands-on guide to creating a learning culture in organizations. This is my go-to resource for management and strategy. Read morePublished 7 months ago by David L. Smith
Helps to focus the ideas of Senge in manner that can be easily applied.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
One really can open this book to any page and drink in system (and beyond) wisdom. Senge has dedicated his life to developing the fifth discipline (system's thinking and its... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Nova137
My assumption is that most people are buying this book for a class, much like myself. I found that in using the book it was difficult to match it with the actual “Fifth... Read morePublished 8 months ago by College Stealth
This volume is one of the most useful books I have ever owned. I have worked for over 35 years in law enforcement, the Courts, prison and victim ministry and within the... Read morePublished 9 months ago by jsprat