The Fifth Discipline

There are ways of working together that are vastly more satisfying and more productive than the prevailing system of management. Organizations work the way they do because of how we work, how we think and how we interact; the changes required ahead are not only in our organizations but in ourselves as well. In building learning organizations there is no ultimate destination or end state — there is only a lifelong journey.

In the long run the only sustainable competitive advantage is your organization’s ability to learn faster than the competition.The leadership lessons demonstrate the many ways that the core ideas in The Fifth Discipline — many of which seemed radi- cal when the book was first published in 1990 — have become deeply integrated into people’s ways of seeing the world and their managerial practices.

In this summary of the revised and updated edition of The Fifth Discipline, author Peter M. 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.