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Completely Updated and RevisedThis 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 Fif. 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 inuiring 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 uality and competition I Systems Thinking This is the ability to see the patterns behind any behavior whether it is in the company or on a much personal level Senge spends a lot of time describing the idea and giving examples of how systems thinking provides leverage to make significant changes “Give me a lever long enough and I can move the world” is one of the many uotes here Senge also defines several archetypes of systems that he encounters over and over again The basic cycles are balancing processes and reinforcing processes A Balancing process with delay This is a simple cycle where an action in one direction eventually causes a reverse effect on the same variable This is a fairly standard feedback loop with delay in the control world It is interesting because the delay freuently makes people overreact when their first action appears to be ineffective B Limits to growth This is a pair of cycles One reinforcing cycle represents growth but is connected to a balancing cycle that reduces the effectiveness of the growth cycle C Shifting the burden This is archetype has paired balancing processes that affect a variable problem One process makes the problem go away temporarily The other process digs at the heart of the problem but freuently has a delay so that it is “easier” to use the temporary fix This has a side reinforcing process that adversely affects the ability to employ the long term solution Best is example is alcoholism where the alcoholic uses alcohol as a fix but the longer she drinks the harder it is to stop D Shifting the burden to the intervener A special case where an external entity is the uick fix slowly eroding the internal ability to solve the problem “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day Teach a man to fish and you feed him for life” E Eroding goals Another special case where the fix is to let a goal slip This eases tension and sets up a downward spiral where the tension can only be relaxed by letting the fundamental goals slip F Escalation Two reinforcing processes linked by a common problem This is the model used to describe arms races or price wars G Success to the successful A limited resource is doled out in greater proportion to the most “successful” user of the resource leaving the other users short This can uickly spiral out of control leaving only one user H Tragedy of the commons A common limited resource is used by many groups While the overall usage is low there is no problem As all the users are successful they demand and of the resource As the resource becomes the constraint the tragedy is that the users do not see what is happening until too late This is freuently found in land use problems and was a likely cause of the dust bowl and over grazing of African savannas I Fixes that fail This is basically a shifting the burden without a second fundamental balancing loop There are the easy fixes that also cause long term problems Examples include cutting the maintenance budget to meet some financial goal which eventually leads to uality or other problems J Growth and under investment This archetype has three cycles A pair of balancing cycles limits a growth cycle This is a type of Limits to growth where the balancing process is sort of a Shifting the burden All the archetypes are simple descriptions of problems that freuently occur in business society family the environment anywhere problems arise Clearly real systems are complex beyond description The idea behind the archetypes is to II Personal Mastery The ability to know oneself; how one reacts to situations and people The ability to see how one's beliefs affect their environment Being open to change and new ideas Having a personal vision that causes internal tension and a desire to change and move in new directions III Mental Models Love of truth and openness are the goals to shoot for in this discipline Understanding that we all have mental models and willingness to examine one's own along with those of the organization IV Building Shared Vision Connecting people by generating visions that integrate personal vision for life and for the organization into an organic living whole V Team Learning The practiced discipline of learning together developing the best plan for the group Having true dialog amongst colleagues Increasing the collective intelligence above that of any one person in the room The whole is greater than the sum of its parts 

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The Fifth DisciplineTh 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. Good ideas but far too much stories and uasi philosophical fluff Could have been edited to one third of its size

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review The Fifth Discipline Ô eBook or Kindle ePUB Ð Completely Updated and RevisedThis 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 yOxfam 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 tim. Years ago I wrote I have historically struggled a great deal with reading business oriented books And why is this To begin with most business books feel terribly pretentious even if the authors aren't in reality that way The Fifth Disciple was a reminder of what I wrote that Although not devoid of value or practical use The Fifth Discipline is an overly long book which forces the reader to slog through pages and pages of banal explanations to dig out specks of useful wisdomClearly I didn't like The Fifth Discipline but I would never claim it was devoid of value In fact I recently presented at a conference and directly referenced the book There is good stuff to be found here It's just buried under what too often feels like a strained attempt to convince the reader that what they're reading is important The last 80 pages or so in particular are far interested in evangelizing the ideas the author finds important rather than clearly stating the ideas and letting them stand on their own meritI felt that Senge's book does in fact tap into some very fundamental and essential ideas However the explication of the ideas including the fifth discipline itself is so clunky and unmemorable I'm struggling to remember the last time I read an author who was so passionate about their subject matter but fumbled so badly in explaining it Brevity could very well have saved this book from itself but brevity appears counter intuitive to Senge With only a handful of meaningful take aways from the The Fifth Disciple some of which such as systemic thinking are very significant and useful there isn't much to recommend the book Many if not all of the ideas presented can be found and learned effectively I might add from a multitude of other sources I appreciate what I got out of it but The Fifth Discipline is a bloated and largely ineffectual attempt to describe and champion some very important ideashttpthethousanderclubblogspotcom