The Fifth Discipline Senge, P.M. Crown Business; Revised edition (March 21, 2006)
This book is of biblical importance to any ‘systems thinker’ and/ or a life long learner, specifically in a organizational context as opposed to a lone ranger situation.
The book traces the endemic learning disabilities that plague most organizations, expounds on the fundamental laws of the fifth discipline, and describes typical `system archetypes’ that constitute dysfunctional patterns which impede performance.
Upon that foundation, it goes to describe each of the five disciplines: personal mastery, mental models, shared vision, team learning and systems thinking. Beyond just the core concepts of each discipline, there is an emergent synergism that weaves all five disciplines into an inter-connected whole.
This edition goes on to provide a practitioner’s handbook for implementation: the impetus for change, strategies for learning organizations, the new role of leadership and the recipe for systems citizenship.
The appendices are very useful as they contain a full list of variants of the system archetypes, and a short snapshot of the `U process’ which is dealt with in greater detail in his next book `Presence’.