The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook : Strategies and Tools for Building a Learning Organization
(Editor), Art Kleiner (Editor), Charlotte Roberts, Rick Ross, Bryan Smith
... What to do to get the benefits described in TheFifthDiscipline
. See the Amazon link for more info.
To read an on-line excerpt from this book: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0385472560/ref=lib_dp_TFCV/102-7222722-6288121?v=glance&s=books&vi=reader#reader-link
The amazon reviews are very enthusiastic, but how much benefit could I, someone who is NOT a top-level manager, get from TheFifthDiscipline
? Would I be able to transform my organization into a learning one, if no-one reports to me or even listens to me? -- Just A Programmer
Probably not. It is necessary for a LearningOrganization
that the commitment to learning be practiced Company Wide, not just by certain individuals. Inclusion of this commitment in the MissionStatement
of an organization is desirable, if not required.
However, don't let that put you off reading the book. There's a lot in it that will change your approach to situations at work - and you can make your bit of the organisation better by using them. It's not necessary to have a company wide program to see improvement, and it's not necessary to be a senior manager to get benefit from the book. Recommended.
Whether or not you are an executive manager has very little bearing on the value of the book. This book is a very good introduction to SystemsThinking
which can be applied to virtually anything you do. It can take a macro or micro focus, and thinking through issues in terms of systems of interacting feedback loops can provide new and interesting insights into the nature of problems. SystemsThinking
is a relative of John Forrester's SystemDynamics
which provides for more detailed system models and simulation. -- SeanMcNamara